Thousands of women from throughout the world are attending the United Nations gathering on women's right in Mexico City.
Thousands of women from throughout the world are attending the United Nations gathering on women's right in Mexico City. But the gathering, run on a shoestring budget, has produced two conferences, one official and one unofficial.
Delegates to the official congress include women members of Parliament, wives of heads of state, and men. They have been speaking in the skyscrapers housing the Mexican Foreign Ministry, about how much progress on conditions for women has been made in their countries, and what remains to be done.
This film shows the Mexican President Luis Echeverria and his wife Maria during the conference on Monday (23 June). The Mexican leader spoke at the opening day conference four days earlier.
He said feminists in rich countries would be better employed fighting on bigger issues like racialism and poverty. His comments were in line with a United Nations 10-year blueprint which goes beyond promoting equality between the sexes. Delegates from Western and Third World countries came to the conference with differing ideas. The conference has consequently swung away slightly from sexual equality to international problems.
The developing nations want to tie the action plan on women's rights to a final declaration stressing their view that women cannot achieve equality until world poverty is wiped out.
Delegates to the unofficial congress include women's rights militants such as Germaine Greer, Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem.
This film shows the Yugoslav delegate, Ms Yida Tomsic, speaking at the official conference.