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International Women's YearThe Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History$
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Jocelyn Olcott

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327687

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780195327687.001.0001

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The Final Push

The Final Push

(p.207) Scene 16 The Final Push
International Women's Year

Jocelyn Olcott

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on efforts at the IWY intergovernmental conference to finalize the World Plan of Action that made recommendations for programs and policies from the local level to the United Nations. Conflicts arose over what to include in the enumeration of obstacles to women’s emancipation. Although “sexism” had been ruled out during an earlier meeting, the plan’s introduction listed issues such as apartheid, neocolonialism, and, most controversially, Zionism. The Declaration of Mexico, which served as a preamble to the World Plan of Action, would become the first official UN document to liken Zionism to apartheid and other forms of state-sponsored racial discrimination. These discussions renewed debates about where or whether a line existed that divided “women’s issues” from “politics.”

Keywords:   IWY World Plan of Action, Declaration of Mexico, Zionism, sovereignty, geopolitics

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