Delegates from fifty-two countries have signed a United Nations convention in Denmark calling for an end to all discrimination against women, whether married or unmarried.
GV INTERIOR Delegates seated at conference centre in Copenhagen, Denmark
SV USSR delegate, Valentina Tereshkova, speaking in Russian
SV Monaco delegates
SV Democratic Yemen delegate, Fatima Saeed Alhaj speaking in Arabic
SV Morocco delegates and Israeli delegates (2 shots)
SV Permanent representative to U.N., Jasmin Jamal of Qatar speaking in Arabic
SV Israeli delegates
SV Mozambique representative, Grace Machel, speaking in Portuguese
GV Delegates seated
SV Delegates from India, Member of Parliament, Sheela Kaul, speaking in English
KAUL: "This conference has before it the review of the situation of women in southern Africa the (?effect of) apartheid on women and also the special measures needed for them. My country has played a major role in focusing the world attention on the pernicious policy of apartheid. More than sixty years ago Mahatma Gandhi started a non-violent crusade against it in South Africa."
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Background: Delegates from fifty-two countries have signed a United Nations convention in Denmark calling for an end to all discrimination against women, whether married or unmarried. The document, titled "the convention of the elimination of all discrimination against woman" was presented to the United Nations Women's Conference in Copenhagen following the general debate on Wednesday (16 July).
SYNOPSIS: The general debate gave conference delegates a chance to air their views of women's role in politics. Valentina Tereshkova, a member of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, said the Soviet Union would continue to fight for equality for women. Touching on politics, she said the Soviet Union was against hegemony but added that this position of the Soviet Union had been attacked. The Soviet Union, she said, refuted criticism of its actions in Kampuchea and Afghanistan and would continue the struggle against apartheid and racism.
The Democratic Yemen delegate, Fatima Saeed Alhaj, said that all citizens were equal irrespective of their sex. Yemen, she said, was doing everything to apply this to its law. Marriage in Yemen, she said, had now become a contract between two parties.
Jasim Jamal, the permanent United Nations representative for Qatar, said Qater's women supported Palestinian women and the Palestinian cause. Earlier in the week Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) representatives led a walk-out by twenty-five delegations over Egypt's peace treaty with Israel.
Grace Machel the wife of Mozambique's President said in Mozambique women had a submissive role. The oppression of women,she said, was aggravated by colonial capitalism, but that in struggling against colonialism Mozambicans had also come to realise that women must have equality. The conference was called to discuss equality, development and peace for women and Indian member of Parliament Sheela Kaul concentrated in her speech on apartheid.