During its first meeting, Commission members affirmed that the Commission should have a voice in upcoming discussions on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Contributing to the drafting of the international bill of rights became one of the first tasks of the Commission. In revising the articles sent to them for comments, Commission members inserted gender-sensitive language—arguing against references to “men” as a synonym for humanity and phrases like “men are brothers.” They encountered resistance from members of the Commission on Human Rights, but succeeded in introducing new, more inclusive language —a truly ground-breaking achievement when put in a historical perspective.
In this picture:
Maria Helene Lefaucheus, French Representative on the Commission on the Status of Women of the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
Photo Date: February 12th, 1947
Photo Credit: UN Photo
Photo Number (NICA): 292346