In June 2000, the UN will conduct a review of the Beijing+5 (B+5) platform for action to assess the progress women have made since the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. This review is regarded by many women's rights advocates as an opportunity to advance the platform. Following the platform's 1995 recommendations, many countries began initiating new laws and policies addressing women's reproductive and sexual health needs as shown in the case of Brazil, France, Egypt, Japan, Cambodia and even the US. However, the B+5 platform is constantly challenged by concerted opposition and delaying tactics of the Vatican and a small group of Islamic and Catholic countries. Despite the progress made by the B+5 platform in the last 5 years, there are still some areas that need to be addressed particularly on the reproductive health needs of adolescents and young adults. Thus, it is hoped that the B+5 review will inspire women to continue to fight for freedom in exercising their reproductive rights.