Speaking in a panel on International Women's Year at the United Nations on Tuesday, Pakistani Ambassador Mr.
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PAKISTANI AMBASSADOR AKHUND SPEAKING: ANGIE BROOKS AT RALLY.
"I think it is not the women who are sedentary it's the man who are sedentary, they won't go back all over the world to their wives its their wives we are coming back to but that's because of social structure. I frankly don't see that that's going to change very much. I don't see husbands dropping everything and simply going out of their way to keep house. The problem isn't, the problem isn't who are they going to call on - but what are they going to do the rest of the day. It just isn't feasible somehow but this ... the important thing is, are there any, are there any rules and regulations and laws which prevent women from playing a role. I was rather surprised when I read the papers that you were good enough to send me in connection with this meeting that there were indeed in the Secretariat until recently certain rules and regulations which discriminate against women but now that's on old story."
"I want to congratulate those women who have organised this rally today to give free expression on what we feel that article eight of the charter has not been implemented as far as the political rights for women. I hope that this will not be the end, it will just be the beginning and that women will continue to struggle and haul together for united we will be able to succeed but if we are divided we will not be able to succeed."
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Extracts from Mr. Akhund's remarks to the panel on International Women's Year and Angie Brooks' speech to the Women's Liberation members are included on film. A transcript follows.
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Background: Speaking in a panel on International Women's Year at the United Nations on Tuesday, Pakistani Ambassador Mr. Iqbal Ahmad Akhund said he could not see husbands "dropping everything to keep house".
However Mr. Akhund added that while he could not see a change in social structure what was important was that there were no rules or laws preventing woman from playing a role. He said he had been rather surprised to see that there were rules discriminating against women in the United Nations' Secretariat.
While the debate was going on a rally a by Women's Liberation activists was taking place in the United Nations' General Assembly lobby to mark a day of women's solidarity. One of the speakers was a former President of the United Nations' General Assembly, Angie Brooks of Liberia. She said United Nations charter eight on the political rights of women had not been implemented but so long as women "hauled together" and continued to struggle they would succeed.
The day before the debate and rally the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on Secretary General Kurt Waldheim to step up recruitment of women between 1976 and 1979. Delegates had earlier heard that the number of women representatives at the Assembly was only 7.6 per cent last year.
SYNOPSIS: In the lobby outside the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday former President of the General Assembly, Angie Brooks of Liberia addressed a women's liberation rally to mark female solidarity. Inside, Pakistani Ambassador Mr. Iqbal Ahmad Akhund told a panel on International Women's Year he could not see husbands dropping everything to keep house.