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The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

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The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

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  1. The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women • Founded: June 21, 1946 • A Council of Promoters for Women’s Rights • Established as a function of the Economic and Social Council by resolution11 • Promotes the Principle that men and women should have equal rights in political, social and economical fields

  2. The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women • International Members African States 13 Asian States 11 Eastern Europe 4 Latin America/Caribbean 9 Western Europe 8

  3. The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of the Discrimination Against Women • Founded: September 3, 1981 • Convention of Representatives from each Member State • Established by the General Assembly of the United Nations • Promotes Equality of Rights for Men and Women • Members: As of September 27, 1999, 163 Countries have Ratified CEDAW

  4. CEDAW • Objectives of CEDAW: • To embody the principal of the equality of men and women • To adopt appropriate legislation and measures prohibiting discrimination against women • To establish legal protection of the rights of women on an equal basis with men

  5. United Nations Development Fund for Women • Founded: 1976 • UNIFEM is an organization adopted under United Nations • An international force to insure women’s rights • Promotes women’s empowerment • Works toward gender equality • Ensures women’s place within decision making groups • Focus on creating a multilateral policy on women’s empowerment

  6. UNIFEM • Who was involved? • All contracting countries within the UN • There are twelve regional program advisors that oversee country projects and identify trends and issues that are affecting women • Why is it significant? • UNIFEM is an international police force for women’s issues

  7. Mexico City Conference • Founded: 1975 • Conference to inaugurate the United Nations decade for women (1975-1985) • There were 133 governments who attended the conference

  8. Mexico City Conference • Why was it significant? • First UN conference that focused solely on women's issues • Created the world plan for action for the implementation of the the objectives of the women's decade • Concentrated on the problems from food, health, education, family planning, and political participation