This article presents the summary of the 23rd Special Session of the UN General Assembly entitled ¿Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the 21st Century¿ held in New York during June 4-10, 2000. The Beijing+5 Review focused on re-examining the extent of compliance of world governments to commitments made 5 years ago at the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing. Overall, Beijing+5 has indeed shown that the world has come to a better understanding of the universality of human rights, that women's rights are human rights, and governments are obliged to protect women's fundamental rights to life, liberty, and happiness. However, it is easy to lose these gains by default or neglect as shown by the Philippine government. It was noted that 5 years ago the Philippines was seen as a model for many initiatives related to women's concerns, but this session seems to have received little attention and low priority from the Joseph Estrada administration.