1946 - Birth of the Commission on the Status of Women

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    United Nations commitments to the advancement of women began with the signing of the UN Charter in San Francisco in 1945. Of the 160 signatories, only four were women - Minerva Bernardino (Dominican Republic - pictured above at left), Virginia Gildersleeve (United States), Bertha Lutz (Brazil) and Wu Yi-Fang (China) – but they succeeded in inscribing women’s rights in the founding document of the United Nations, which reaffirms in its preamble “faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of Nations large and small”.

    In this photo:
    Minerva Bernardino, Dominican Republic (left), and Way Sung New, China, members of the Sub-Commission on the Status of Women on the Human Rights Commission at a party given by Secretary-General Trygve Lie in honour of the members of the Commission of the UN Economic and Social Council.

    Photo Date: April 29th, 1946

    Photo Credit: UN Photo

    Photo number (NICA): 224265

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