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International Women's Tribune Centre Records, 1970-2000 (ongoing)
122 boxes (145 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 373

Abstract:
International women's organization. Records consist of administrative and project files; correspondence with funding agencies and project participants; board minutes and agendas; and the records of the NGO Planning Committees. These include documentation of all four International Women's Year Tribunes, held in Mexico City (1975), Copenhagen (1980), Nairobi (1985), Beijing (1995), and the "Beijing +5" conference in 2000.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Historical Note
"The Great Court," at the opening ceremony of the World Conference on the UN Decade for Women, University of Nairobi, Kenya, 1985. From "Forum '85 NGO Planning Committee Final Report."

"The Great Court," at the opening ceremony
of the World Conference on the UN Decade
for Women, University of Nairobi, Kenya, 1985.
From "Forum '85 NGO Planning Committee Final Report."

The International Women's Tribune Centre (previously known as the International Women's Year Tribune Project) was established by the NGO Forum Planning Committees to continue the work begun at the 1975 International Women's Year Tribune. This first Tribune, which resulted from an initiative submitted by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to the Commission on the Status of Women, was part of the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). (The U.N. had admitted NGOs to consultative status in the late 1940s. The Conference of NGOs in Consultative Status with ECOSOC (CONGO) was originally comprised of 200 member organizations.) CONGO's function was to facilitate consultation with U.N. bodies and to bring together other NGOs with common interests, for exchange of information and action.

Following the 1975 IWY Tribune, CONGO created the NGO Forum Planning Committees to prepare activities relating to future International Women's Year Tribunes, to be held in 1980, 1985, and 1995. The Committees' responsibilities included arranging for facilities in host countries, organizing the program, fundraising, and collaborating with the U.N. Secretariat on publicizing the Tribunes and activities of NGO Forums. The NGO Forums Planning Committees also offered workshops; film screenings; demonstrations; informal meetings in the areas of education, appropriate technology, and health; and other topics of concern to women in the Third World.

In addition to these activities, the NGO Forum Planning Committees also created the International Women's Tribune Centre. The IWTC has evolved into a flexible "women's development support resource," the purpose of which is two-fold: 1) To maintain the momentum generated during the conferences of International Women's Year in 1975, which some termed the "largest consciousness-raising sessions ever held"; and 2) To encourage and assist women and women's projects, particularly in developing countries, in their efforts to achieve the objectives of the International women's Year World Plan of Action.

IWTC activities include providing resource, information and liason services, as well as technical assistance in the area of materials development to Third World women's groups. The Tribune Centre publishes a bi-monthly newsletter that is distributed gratis to individuals living outside the U.S. as a means of disseminating development-related information pertaining to women, and to encourage dialogue among women around the world.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The International Women's Tribune Centre Records (1970-96) consist of project files; correspondence with funding agencies and project participants; and board minutes and agendas. This includes records for all four International Women's Year Tribunes, held in Mexico City in 1975, Copenhagen in 1980, Nairobi in 1985, Beijing in 1995, and "Beijing +5" conference in 2000. The IWTC records include the records of the NGO Planning Committees.

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Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

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International Women's Tribune Centre Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

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Language
English
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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Subjects
  • Feminism--History--20th century--Sources
  • International Women's Decade, 1976-85--Congresses
  • International Women's Tribune Centre--History--Sources
  • International Women's Year Tribune Project
  • International Women's Year, 1975
  • NGO Forum on Women, Beijing '95
  • Non-governmental organizations--Congresses
  • Once and Future Action Project (OFAN)
  • Women in development--International cooperation--History--Sources
  • Women's rights--Congresses
  • Women--Developing countries--History--20th century--Sources
  • Women--International cooperation--History--Sources
  • World Conference of the United Nations Decade for Women: Equality, Development, and Peace (1980: Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • World Conference to Review and Appraise the Achievements of the United Nations Decade for Women (1985 :Nairobi, Kenya)


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