Women in the United Nations
17 August 1949
The 11th Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 15-19 August, 1949 in Copenhagen, Denmark:
The XIth International Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, assembled at Copenhagen from August 15-19, 1949,
Having considered the report of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedoms Consultant at the United Nations,
Draws the attention of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom national Sections to the fact that at the Ninth Session (July/August 1949) of the Economic and Social Council, as in previous sessions, a very small number of women was included in the delegations of the eighteen governments which form the Economic and Social Council.
This fact led to the situation that also at the meetings of the Social Committee, when the report of the Third Session of the Commission on the Status of Women was discussed, only two governments were represented by women alternate delegates: the Government of India and that of Poland.
This Congress appeals to all Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Sections in member States of the United Nations to cooperate with other women’s organizations in approaching their governments in a special effort to have more women delegates to take a leading part in the discussions of questions concerning the Status of Women.
This appeal does not imply, however, that the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom believes that women ought not to take their full share in shaping United Nations policies on all other questions concerning the political, economic and social life of their countries. On the contrary, we hold that only complete cooperation of men and women as full equals in shaping and making decisions in the United Nations will bring about the fulfillment of the aims and principles laid down in the United Nations Charter.