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The Early Years of the Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and women's empowerment worldwide.


This set of photos, courtesy of the United Nations Photo Library, looks at the early years of the Commission on the Status of Women.


In this picture (original caption):

The UN Sub-commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, which is now holding its 12th session, today continued consideration of the report on discrimination in religious matters prepared by Dr. Arcot Krishnaswami, of India. At the afternoon meeting, the Sub-commission heard a statement on discrimination against women, by Marie-Helene Lefaucheux (France), a representative of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Shortly before the meeting got under way, Mrs. Lefaucheux (centre) discusses a document with S. Grinberg-Vinaver (left), Chief of the UN Section on the Status of Women. Looking on at right is Rose Parsons (United States), Vice-President of the International Council of Women.


Photo Date: January 18th, 1950


Photo Credit: UN Photo/MB

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Taken on January 18, 1950