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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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Unceremonious Closing

Unceremonious Closing

(p.216) Scene 17 Unceremonious Closing
International Women's Year

Jocelyn Olcott

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the final day of the IWY intergovernmental conference and NGO tribune. Ironically, the more contentious tribune concluded amicably, while the consensus-seeking conference ended in division. The conference approved two final documents rather than one. The more technocratic World Plan of Action, which had been drafted before the conference, focused on programs with measurable outcomes, such as literacy rates. The more polemical Declaration of Mexico, which drew on earlier documents but was drafted during the conference, stressed social justice issues such as colonialism and apartheid and, most controversially, became the first of several UN documents that would equate Zionism with racism.

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

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