United Nations Decade for Women

Scope and Content

The idea of a 'Decade for Women' was proposed at the International Woman's Year conference in Mexico in Jun-Jul 1975. Suggested themes were equality, development and peace. There were two international conferences: one held at Copenhagen on 14-24 Jul 1980 which considered the sub-themes of employment, health and education; the other concluded the 'Decade for Women' at Nairobi, Kenya on 15-26 Jul 1985. In preparation for this conference, the Women's National Commission invited Non-Governmental Organisations to participate in meetings to prepare briefings for the UK delegates. A number of topic groups were established. The Women's National Commission acted as a facilitator.

This series consists of papers relating to:

- the Copenhagen conference

- Status of Women Commission

- Legal Status of Women Topic Group

- Social Services and Welfare Topic Group

- Women in International Action Topic Group

- the Nairobi conference