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Women And The UN

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This chapter examines the UN gender politics and the role of women within the UN institutions ( UN System) from the beginning of the organization until today. The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) has always been and is still the main inter-governmental policymaking body on womens issues within the UN. On December 18, 1972, the UN General Assembly decided to declare 1975 as the International Year of Women (IWY) and to hold a world conference for women in Mexico City in the same year. The introduction of the term reproductive rights in connection with the right to reproductive health caused a new thinking in population politics at the World Conference on Population in Cairo in 1994. The international campaign Womens Rights are Human Rights raised the issue of war crimes against women. War crimes were traditionally given little attention in international politics.

Keywords: International Year of Women (IWY); Status of Women; UN gender politics; UN General Assembly; Womens Rights; World Conference on Population



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