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GSP Recommends: Issue 67

1946 - Birth of the Commission on the Status of Women

During the inaugural meetings of the UN General Assembly in February 1946, a Sub-commission dedicated to the Status of Women was established under the Commission on Human Rights. In May 1946, the first Chairperson of the Sub-Commission, Bodil Begtrup (Denmark - pictured above far right), requested a change to full commission status: “Women’s problems have now for the first time in history to be studied internationally as such and to be given the social importance they ought to have. And it would be, in the opinion of this Sub-Commission of experts in this field, a tragedy to spoil this unique opportunity by confusing the wish and the facts. Some situations can be changed by laws, education, and public opinion, and the time seems to have come for happy changes in conditions of women all over the world (...)” In this picture (original caption): At Hunter College, the Sub-commission on the Status of Women meets. From left to right are: Mrs. Hansa Mehta, India; Mrs. Way Sung New, China; Miss Fryderyka Kalinowski, Poland; Miss Angela Jurdak, Lebanon; Miss Minerva Bernardino, Dominican Republic; Mrs. Marie Helene Lefaucheux, France; and Mrs. Bodgil Begtrup, Denmark and Chair of the committee. Photo Date: May 8th, 1946 Photo Credit: UN Photo

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Looking Beyond Conflict to Address Climate Change Impacts in the Women, Peace and Security Agenda (Read) U.N. calls for stop to 'horrific' sexual violence in Ethiopia's Tigray (Read) Asia can’t escape sexual violence in conflict zones without addressing the past (Read) Women's participation is vital at every level of decision making (Read) During Women’s History Month, thank women for preventing nuclear disaster (Commentary) (Read) Reports and Studies South Asia - Sharp Rise in Maternal & Child Deaths Due to COVID-19 (Read) News from around the world Afghan women have equal stakes in peace: MoWA (Read) Argentina - Activists demand sexual violence against Argentina’s indigenous people be classified a hate crime (Read) Colombia - Survivors of the Colombian conflict must walk a difficult and dangerous road to uncover the truth (Read) Latin America & The Caribbean - Impact of COVID-19 on Violence Against Women (Read) Nepal - Political instability an excuse to delay justice, conflict victims say (Read) South Sudan: No Justice for Women, No Peace in South Sudan (Read) Syria - Remnants of truth: the Syrian archive as a tool of accountability للمزيد (Read) Tanzania - First Woman President (Read)

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