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National Women's Conference. Only the Beginning: A Blueprint for Equality, The International Women's Year Conference - File 001. 1975. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. January 28, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1996_007/item/93/show/91.

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Title Only the Beginning: A Blueprint for Equality, The International Women's Year Conference
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  • National Women's Conference
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  • King, Ellie
Publisher United Nations Association of the United States of America
Date 1975
Language eng
Subject
  • Feminism
  • Women's rights
  • National Women's Conference
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  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • New York, New York
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  • brochures
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  • Text
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • Carey C. Shuart Women’s Research Collection
  • Marjorie Randal National Women's Conference Collection
Donor Randal, Marjorie
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Transcript ASSIGNMENTS FOR ACTION: Next Steps For Americans Americans and the organizations to which they belong can play an important role in seeing that the Plan of Action adopted at Mexico City is effectively carried out. The suggestions which follow are readily adaptable for action at the national, state and local levels. Governments can make the difference; be sure to communicate your views to your elected representatives. ■ Support priority allocation of funds for women's development programs in US bilateral and multilateral foreign aid appropriations. Monitor implementation of the Percy Amendment to the US Foreign Assistance Act which requires "particular attention" to be paid to "programs, projects and activities which tend to integrate women into national economies." ■ Urge US ratification of UN treaties on the status of women (see box). ■ Support the Equal Rights Amendment if your state has not yet ratified it. ■ Encourage women to run for elective office. ■ Encourage appointment of qualified women of high office in the US, the UN and as delegates to major international conferences. ■ Promote legislation to implement the provisions of the IWY Action Plan, e.g., liberalized maternity benefits, adequate child-care facilities, access to health and family planning services. ■ Work to eliminate property and divorce laws which discriminate against women. Support legal services by and for women. ■ Contact the media and insist on standards of programming and advertising which will create a positive image of women. Watch for the unconscious put-down of women. ■ Call the attention of the news media to significant instances of discrimination against women by employers, credit institutions, government practices and officials. ■ Monitor the media (and other employers) for signs of tokenism in hiring women (i.e., are all female TV news reporters young and pretty? Is there a woman producer or director?) ■ Review school curricula and teaching materials to encourage elimination of sex stereotyping (i.e., little boy a doctor, little girl a nurse). ■ Work on eliminating discrimination in education systems where there are few women in policy-making and administrative positions. Within Your Organization: ■ Support affirmative action programs and the US National Women's Agenda (for information write to the Women's Action Alliance, 370 Lexington Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10017). doin with UNA-USA Chapters and Divisions and other organizations in ad hoc coalitions for action on one or more of the recommendations in the Plan. ■ Adopt a work program on women's issues. This goes for all voluntary associations—women's, men's, educational, religious, labor, etc. Focus on those sections of the Action Plan which are most relevant to your organization's interests. ■ doin with your organization's international affiliates in selecting women for scholarship and job training exchange programs. ■ Get directly involved in women's projects in the developing countries, doin with other groups to raise funds for UNESCO Gift Coupons. For information, write to UNESCO, United Nation, New York, 10017. Many groups are also active in raising funds for UNICEF. For specific information on UNICEF's work for women, write to US Committee for UNICEF, 331 East 38th Street, New York, N.Y. 10016. UN CONVENTION ON WOMEN'S RIGHTS* NOT YET RATIFIED BY THE US Convention on the Political Rights of Women (1952) Convention on the Nationality of Married Women (1957) Convention on Consent to Marriage, Minimum Age for Marriage and Registration of Marriages (1962) ILO Convention on Discrimination in Employment and Occupation (1958) ILO Convention on Equal Remuneration (1951) Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (1951) UNESCO Convention Against Discrimination in Education (1962) Convention on Recovery Abroad of Maintenance (1957) •For description of these Conventions, see Selected Bibliography, Human Rights. WOMEN'S RIGHTS: Some Points for Discussion ■ Statistics show that birth rates are highest where the standards of living are lowest. Should development assistance be made conditional on including comprehensive family planning programs? ■ Many women contribute to their countries' economies without pay, particularly homemakers and farm women. How does this affect development in the Third World? In the industrialized countries, should this be recognized through tax credits, special subsidies or other monetary devices? ■ Women comprise more than one third of the world's labor force; but in general their positions and salaries are not equal to that of men and they are limited to traditional women's jobs. What is the best way to overcome these inequities? For example, in the industrialized countries, would "quota" hiring be desirable or is it a form of reverse discrimination? ■ Can women effect any real changes in their status without becoming part of the political power structure at both the local and national levels? If active participation in the governmental process is essential, to what extent is a militant or "radical" position necessary to achieve even moderate progress? ■ Should governments set standards for the portrayals of women in the media? Would this constitute censorship and an infringement on the rights of freedom of speech and the press? ■ How will improvement in the status of women on a worldwide basis help men? How can the changing of traditional roles minimize psychological and social inequities and dislocations in the family and community structure? A SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY Declaration on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, 1967, Office of Public Information, United Nations, New York 10017. Equality of Opportunity and Treatment for Women Workers, 1975, ILO Report, ILO, 1750 New York Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20006, $6.95. Human Rights, A Compilation of International Instruments of the United Nations, 1973, United Nations, New York 10017, $3.00. Many Sisters: Women in Cross-Cultural Perspectives, 1974, Carol J. Matthiasson, editor, The Free Press, 866 Third Ave., New York 10003, $15.00. Integration of Women in Development, 1975, Ester Boserup, Christina Liljencrantz, UNDP, United Nations, New York 10017. Mothers Too Soon, 1975, Population Crisis Committee, 1835 K Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006. The Story of Mexico, 1975, Center for Economic and Social Information, United Nations, New York 10017. The Status of Women and Family Planning, 1975, United Nations, New York 10017. Turning Point for Women, August-September, 1975, UNESCO Courier, UNIPUB, Box 433, Murray Hill Station, New York 10016, 90(4 ea. Women and the UN, 1975, UNITAR News, UNITAR, 801 UN Plaza, New York 10017, $1.00. Women of the World, Jennifer S. Whitaker, Foreign Affairs, October 1975. Women and Work in Developing Societies, 1974, Nadia Youssef, Population Monograph Series, #15, Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720. Women in World Terms: Facts and Trends, Center for Integrative Studies, State University of New York at Binghamton, New York 13901. COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION PROGRAMS Community Survey on the Status of Women, The Population Institute, 110 Maryland Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002. Model IWY Conference, UNA-USA. FILMS Listings available from UNA-USA. Single copy—250 100/$6.00 1000/S50 ONLY THE BEGINNING: A Blueprint for Equality Published by United Nations Association of the U.S.A. 345 East 46th Street New York, N.Y. 10017 Co-sponsored by: U.S. National Commission for UNESCO American Association of University Women American Baptist Women American Baptist Churches, USA/National Ministries American Ethical Union B'nai B'rith Women Church Women United Industrial Union Department, AFL-CIO Institute for World Order, Inc. League of Women Voters of the United States National Association of Colored Women's Clubs National Conference of Christians and Jews NCCJ—Women's Task Force National Council of Negro Women, Inc. National Council of Women of the United States, Inc. National Education Association of the United States National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc. Population Crisis Committee Population Institute Soroptimist International of the Americas, Inc. United Church Board for World Ministries United Methodist Office for the United Nations United Presbyterian Women, The United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Women United for United Nations YWCA of the U.S.A., National Board Zonta International Written by: Ellie King Information on U.S. programs for women: National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year Room 1004 Department of State Washington, D.C. 20520 MY THE BEGINNING: A Blueprint for Equality The International Women's Year Conference Mexico City, 1975
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