From its inception, the Commission also forged a close relationship with non- governmental organizations. Several international women’s organizations addressed the Commission at the first session, and from then on, non-governmental organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC were invited to participate as observers. In the 1950’s, the average number of NGOs attending the Commission’s sessions rose to 30-50. The openness of the Commission to civil society has continued up to the present time, and has allowed many NGOs’ contributions to be incorporated in its agreed conclusions and UN resolutions.
In this picture:
Commission on Status of Women Hears Representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations:
From left to right are: Mrs. Valentina Muchina, interpreter; Mrs. Elisaveta A. Popova, USSR; Dr. Gene Waltfish, President of Congress of American Women; Mrs. Francois Leclerc, France, International Democratic Federation of Women; Mrs. Evdokia Uralova, Byelorussia; N. Gorohova, interpreter; Miss Susan Anthony, United States, International Democratic Federation of Women.
Photo Date: January 15th, 1948
Photo Credit: UN Photo
Photo Number (NICA): 324076