United Nations Decade for Women 1976-1985


United Nations Geneva - stamp Women's Decade 1980Women make up more than half the world's population, yet perform two thirds of its work, receive one tenth of its income and own less than one hundredth of its property. Increasing global awareness of these and other inequities between the sexes was one of the goals of the United Nations Decade for Women (1976-1985). According to Leticia R. Shahani, Secretary-General of the World Conference marking the end of the Decade, "the Decade has caused the invisible majority of humankind - the women - to be more visible on the global scene".


Medal for the Decade for WomenThe World Conference to Review and Appraise the Achievements of the United Nations Decade for Women, held in Nairobi, Kenya from 15 to 27 July 1985, assessed steps taken during the Decade to improve the situation of women and devised strategies for their further advancement during the remaining 15 years of the century. Convened 10 years after International Women's Year (1975), the Nairobi meeting was the third international conference on the status of women sponsored by the United Nations. The first - the World Conference of the International Women's Year - met in Mexico in 1975. A second was held at mid-Decade in 1980, in Copenhagen.





United Nations decade for Women 1976-1985; 'really only a beginning...', from UN Chronicle July 1985.



Stamp catalogue - 1985


Bangladesh                         18 July 1985









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