The documents adopted by the United Nations World Conference on Women during the Decade for Women (1975-1985) set forth a policy agenda for national and local governments, international institutions, and women's groups worldwide. The dialogue among women at the nongovernmental forums held in tandem with these conferences served to identify, refine, and reassess the issues addressed in the official documents. In this volume, Dr. Fraser has condensed the four major documents of the Decade, retaining much of the original language, and describes the context in which agendas for policies, programs, and research were developed. The opening chapters offer a historical perspective on the establishment of International Women's Year, the Decade for Women, and the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Throughout the book the author analyzes the influence of Third World women on the formulation of the agenda and discusses the interaction between the official and NGO conferences. She concludes by assessing the results in policy and programmatic terms and by exploring their implications for the future.
Preface -- Introduction -- The Dynamics of World Conferences -- Mexico City—1975 -- A World Plan of Action for the Implementation of the Objectives of International Women's Year -- The Tribune in Mexico City -- Five Years Later-Copenhagen -- Programme of Action for the Second Half of the U.N. Decade for Women -- U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women -- The Copenhagen NGO Forum -- The Decade Ends by Looking Forward -- Forward-Looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women to the Year 2000 -- Forum '85: A Culmination and a New Beginning -- Results and Implications of the Decade