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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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Getting to Mexico City

Getting to Mexico City

(p.53) Scene 3 Getting to Mexico City
International Women's Year

Jocelyn Olcott

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines how the IWY conference, originally planned to take place in Bogota, Colombia, came to be held in Mexico City. It considers both Mexican president Luis Echeverría’s personal ambitions as a global leader as well as the burgeoning feminist movement within Mexico. The Mexican government agreed to host not only the intergovernmental conference but also a parallel NGO tribune, creating the conditions for a transformative aspect of the International Women’s Year. The last-minute relocation to Mexico City also resulted in the New York–based NGO leaders taking charge of the tribune, drawing heavily on their involvement with the 1974 UN Population Conference and the World YWCA.

Keywords:   Mexico, Luis Echeverría, United Nations, Mexican feminism, NGO tribune

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