1948 - Second Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

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    During the period 1946-1962, the Commission focused its attention on promoting women's rights and equality by setting standards and formulating international conventions aiming at changing discriminatory legislation and fostering global awareness of women’s issues. However, the codification of the legal rights of women needed to be supported by data and analysis of the extent to which discrimination against women existed, not only in law but also in practice. The Commission thus embarked on a vast research and polling effort to assess the status of women worldwide. Several questionnaires and studies were launched in order to collect information on the legal status of women, their access to education, their work opportunities and their civil rights. Member States provided the Commission with statistics, while non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other UN agencies provided additional information, especially of a more qualitative nature. These fact-finding efforts produced a detailed, country-by- country picture of the political and legal status of women, which over time became the basis for drafting human right instruments.

    In this picture:
    Before the first meeting of the second session of the Commission on the Status of Women, Begum Hamid Ali of India, left, talks to Mrs. E. I. Uralova, Byelorussian SSR, and her interpreter.

    Photo Date: January 5th, 1948

    Photo Credit: UN Photo

    Photo Number (NICA): 407265

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