Women, Politics, and the United Nations

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Overview

How have women used global institutions and the networking possible through them to assure women's emergence on the world stage? How successful have women been at the United Nations and at international conferences over the years in their pressures for equality and for a full partnership with men? To what extent have women gained a foothold in the political arena internationally, and have they been able to exert their influence and to improve their situation? Expert participants and scholars give varying perspectives and insights about the history of women's worldwide efforts through governmental and nongovernmental organizations. They trace the role of the UN Commission on the Status of Women and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. They analyze the politics of the three world women's conferences in the 1970s and the 1980s, the evolution of institutions set up as catalysts to resolve key issues in developing countries, and the changing conditions for women in the UN Secretariat and specialized agencies. These unusual appraisals and a lengthy bibliography are for interdisciplinary audiences of women and men around the world—essential background to understanding the 1995 UN conference in Beijing.

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Ten essays and a conclusion review the advances the women's movement has made in turning the attention of the United Nations to the conditions of women in the world and in getting concrete action toward improving them. They focus on the major instruments for women's actions within the UN, and the five specialized organizations in which they have been most active, to consider women's motivations, objectives, successes, failures, and prospects. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313295225
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/1995
  • Series: Contributions in Women's Studies Series , #15
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 226
  • Lexile: 1540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

ANNE WINSLOW was formerly editor-in-chief and director of Publications at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Forerunners in Women's Quest for Partnership 1
2 Women Find a Place 11
3 World Conference of International Women's Year 29
4 Losing the Battle/Winning the War: International Politics, Women's Issues, and the 1980 Mid-Decade Conference 45
5 Women and Power: The Nairobi Conference, 1985 61
6 The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (The Women's Convention) 77
7 The Politics of Women and Development 95
8 Equality for Women in the United Nations Secretariat 117
9 Women's International Nongovernmental Organizations at the United Nations 135
10 Specialized Agencies and the World Bank 155
11 Conclusion 177
Appendix I: Women's Right to Vote by Country and Date 185
Appendix II: Priority Themes for the Period 1992-1996 187
Selected Bibliography 189
Index 199
About the Editor and Contributors 211
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