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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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Beyond Mexico City

Beyond Mexico City

(p.225) Scene 18 Beyond Mexico City
International Women's Year

Jocelyn Olcott

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the legacies of the IWY intergovernmental conference and NGO tribune, with particular emphasis on the networks and media projects that emerged out of the gatherings and the subsequent women’s conferences either organized or inspired by the United Nations. Although the formal UN conferences provided an indispensable organizational infrastructure for many of these endeavors, the most significant outcomes—such as women’s microcredit programs and enduring transnational networks of Third World women—emerged from the more chaotic and unscripted moments in Mexico City rather than the choreographed, protocol-bound conference. Through these encounters, IWY fostered a shared vocabulary and access to shared networks and endeavors that have sustained transnational and increasingly diverse feminisms.

Keywords:   media, networks, civil society, NGOs, microcredit, neoliberalism, gender

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