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Digitization Update - World Conf on Women

Thursday 5 March 2020

Topics: Digital Collections

From its very inception, the issues of women’s rights and the advancement of the status of women in all realms of society were brought to the table at the United Nations. At the San Francisco Conference in 1945, outspoken women delegates achieved that several articles on gender equality were included in the UN Charter.

Eleanor Roosevelt, one of 17 women delegates and advisers at the first session of the General Assembly in London, in "An Open Letter to the Women of the World" called upon all women to grasp every opportunity to play a more active role in international affairs. Shortly thereafter, ECOSOC established the Commission on the Status of Women.

Discussions about the advancement of women culminated in the proclamation of 1975 as the International Women’s Year.

In 1975, the First World Conference of the International Women's Year was held in Mexico City.  The Conference marked the beginning of a new era of greater participation of women and girls in all aspects of social progress, development, and the search for peace, and urged Member States to recognize women’s rights and to develop policies to fully integrate women into all areas of life.

The Dag Hammarskjöld Library has now digitized the complete documentation of the Conference, which can be accessed online in the UN Digital Library.

More information

AskDAG:  Major UN conferences on women

Research Guide:  Commission on the Status of Women

Research Guide:  Women and Global Diplomacy: From Peace Movements to the United Nations

Blue Book:  The United Nations and the Advancement of Women, 1945-1996