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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Sexual discrimination at UN: no room at top for women THE BETTER HALF By Bob Barnes Tuesday, 8, 1775 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID 17 By SUSAN BECKER OTTAWA (CP) The United Nations has become increas- ingly, if slowly, aware of the lack of women in its upper ranks and Canada can take somo credit. "There is not one woman in the top Kurt Waldheim, the new UN secretary-general, said recently in announcing that he intends to try to inject more of them among the top levels of the secretariat. Sylva Gelber, director of the women's bureau of the federal labor department, says Cana- dian initiative at the last session of lite UN commission on the status of women resulted in "a particularly satisfactory achievement." The situation hadn't changed much lor years, although for a decade until 1967, Mrs. D. B. Sinclair, a Canadian, was dep- uty executive director of the UN children's fund. Efforts were made to get rec- ommendations from the UN commission on the status of women before the General As- sembly. But the assembly merely took note of the recom- mendation or no action at all. SECRETARIAT UNHAPPY "Certainly, the secretariat of the UN itself did not welcome such said Miss Gclher, now Canada's representative on it. in a report. The UN secretary-general or other offices of the Economic I and Social es- t a b 1 i s h e d the 32-member women's status commission lo promote women's rights- claimed generally that rccom- mendations for appointing women to senior posls raised questions exclusively within the secretary-general's discretion. "The secretariat also raised the bogeyman of special mea- sures to ensure the employment of women, claiming that this would amount to discrimination in Miss Gelber said. It was also claimed that the secretariat relied heavily on member governments, and that the commission's objective would be test served by ad- dressing them rather Ulan the UN itself. SOUGHT SUPPORT The Canadian delegation at the UN commission on the status of women, at the session held in Geneva in March, 1970, sought wide support for a draft resolution urging the UN and intergovernmental agencies "to take appropriate measures to j ensure the employment.of women at senior or other pro- fessional levels." The resolution, introduced at the status of women commis- sion by Canada, was co-spon- sored by nine other countries representing a broad cross-sec- tion of UN membership. The Economic and Social Council adopted it in May, 1370, with minor amendments, and sent it to two committees o( the assembly which also adopted it. One committee noted that j only six per cent of the secre- lariat's senior staff were women. In fact, during a 26-year pe- riod, no woman has held Ihe key post of assistant fecrctary- geiieral, although 111 such posts are available. TO SET EXAMPLE In its final as well as initial foi-m, the resolution expressed hope that the UN would set ?m example in affording women op- portunities to work at senior and professional levels. The General Assembly sup- ported this. For a number of years, the Canadian government delega- tion to the international labor conference, an important seg- ment of the International Labor Organization, has included some women involved in normal work. "Canada will continue to pro- ride initiative and give support to the measures it considers necessary to ensure that inter- national labor instruments are brought into line with modern- day concepts of equal opportu- nity for women in employ- Miss Gelber said. USE PROMPTLY Ground meat should be used promptly; whether raw or cooked, it spoils more quickly than unground meat. World champion, Beatrix Schuba of Austria, skaled compulsories of the women's Olympic figure skating co perfect score of 9.0 in ordinals from the nine judges. inlo a commanding lead in the rvfest in Sapporo, Japan with a PERLUX DRY CLEANING SAL STARTS MONDAY, FEB. 7 COATS 1 8 Spring or Summer 4 (Light and Med.J (Plain) SWEATERS SKIRTS PANTS or SLACKS S3' PERLUX CLEANERS 410 5th St. S. FREE PICK-UP Phone 327-3666 Different meaning JOHANNESBURG, South Af- rica (AP) Judge 0. J. Coet- said South African courts treat blacks more leniently than whites in bigamy cases because i ''marriage, does not have Ihe same meaning for them." "Sorry you don't like anything I've showed you, Sir...But those ore the only styles we have in A Calendar Of Local happenings r Ann Landers DEAR ANN LANDERS: Our 17-year-old son left home last June because in his words he wanted to be a hippy. He lived with friends all over the country, bumming from one place to another, getting kicked out by parents regularly. Now he has come home, stone broke, hair down to his shoulders, smelling like a six-week-old hamburger. My husband and I talked it over and decided he could live here but he'd have to clean himself up and stop run- ning around nights. He had been out until 2 and 3 a.m. ev- ery morning with a couple of creepy kids who look and smell just like he does. Our son informed us in very plain lan- guage that he lias no intention of meeting any of our con- ditions and we can't throw him out because the law says we are responsible for him until he is 21. The entire family is in a constant state of tension be- cause of this boy. He does whatever he pleases with no regard for anyone. What can we do? Please come up with an George, N.Y. Parents DEAR L. G.: You have just handed me the most diffi- cult question of the century. Thanks, a lot. First let me assure you that your son is as sick of him- self as you are. He is angry, insecure, rudderless and mis- erable. A hostile kid is a troubled kid. Since there is no communication between Mm and you, I suggest an inter- mediary, someone the toy can talk physician, a clergy- man or a counsellor. This boy needs therapy but it can't be forced on him. He ir.ust want it. He is right when he says you cannot throw him out be- cause he's a minor. You can, however, put him in a deten- tion I do NOT, repeat NOT, he becomes unmanageable. Most detention homes are factories mat produce hardened criminals. Your son's recalcitrance and hostility did not develop overnight so don't expect miracles. Be patient and remember that the child w-ho is least lovable needs love the most CONFIDENTIAL TO SETTLED FOR A PEAKL: Con- gratulations. These days when some girls are looking for hus- bands with a Geiger counter it's refreshing to hear from a young woman who isn't interested in blinding her friends with the Hope Diamond. DEAR ANN LANDERS: I'm a 38-year-old mother of a teen-age daughter. My husband is a great guy and we've never bad any serious problems. A certain 18-year-old boy comes to the house to see my daughter. They a're not going steady but I wish, they were because I'd like to sec him more often. I am strongly attracted to this boy in a physical way, which I realize is ridiculous. No one knows about this but me. Am I nuts? Have you ever heard of such a thing? Nothing will ever come of it. but I had to write and ask if I am off my Unknown DEAR AD: No, you aren't necessarily off your you're just honest. Robert Louis Stevenson said, "All of us. have secret thoughts that would shame hell." Welcome to the human race. Council president raps competition Oldman Kiver Polters Guild! will hold a workshop cm to be conducted by Fran Van Schaik ill p.m. on Wed- nesday at Hie Howman Art Centre. The regular monthly meeting of the Wilson While Community Club will be held at the of Mrs. J. It. (iwiitkin (in Thursday at p.m. The annual meeting of the Sir Alexander Gait Chapter, JODIC, will be held Thursday at p.m. with luncheon at the Mar- quis Hotel. There will be no meeting nf Assumption CWL for this month A card party sponsored by St. Aug u s I i n c' s ACW evening branch will be held on Wednes- day at 8 p.m. in the parish hall, The regular monthly mecl- ing will be held nt 7 p.m. Weddings are null ROME (API The mar- riages of increasing numbers ni local couples are null in Ihe eyes of the Roman Catholic Church because they wed with no intentions of fidelity or hav- ing children, said a church tri- bunal official who termed the trend mental deviation in the youth." SASKATOON (CP) W o m e n 's organizations all around the world are having dif- ficulty in obtaining capable, qualified women for executive p o s i ti o n s, says Helen Hna- tyshyn. president of tlie Na- tional Council of Women. With more women employed and getting satisfaction out o( their professions, it is difficult lo convince them that volunteer work is important, she said. VALENTINES FOR MEANIES Susan Carson tugqoslj Volon- tines with o difference for sarcastic politicians, polluters, and other IN YOUR LETHBRIDGE HERALD WEEKEND MAGAZINE Xi Chapter will hold its regular mooting Tuesday at p.m. at the home of Mrs. Alice Foder in Coaltiale. A pro- gram on Africa will be present- ed by Mrs. Eileen MaltcoHi and Mrs. Mary Hail. Feature speaker will he Fr. McCabe, a former African missionary. Fort Maeleotl square dancers will hold Ihe regular dance on Wednesday at p.m. with round dance practice at 8 p.m. in the elementary school. Ev- eryone Women are asked to please bring a box lunch. The Lelhbridge Registered Music Teachers Association will hold the monthly meeting on Thursday at p.m. at the home of Mrs. Anne Campbell, 1022 12th St. B S. Lethbridge Philatelic Society regular monthly meeting will be held in the gas company auditorium on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Program slide film Pais- sian handover prints ol Germany. 19SS. Preceplor Chapter, Fir-fa Sigma Phi, will hold the Feb- ruary meeting on Tuesday at Hie home of Mrs. A. fi. Kivcn. .Mrs. Niven will present the pro gram. Soulbminster UCW units will meet as follows: Ogdcn Unit, Tuesday al. p.m. with Mrs. Lydia Docnz, 808 Mb St. S. Grace Marshall Unit. day at p.m. with Mrs. H, Walters, 1603 2Mh St. S. Susan Galbraith Unit, Wed- nesday at p.m wilh Mrs. T. H.'Feiger. 1301 6th Ave. S. Aima Buchanan unit, Wed- nesday at p.m. with Mrs. Thompson, 52H 16th St. S. Tuesday evening unit, Tues- day at !i p.m. with Mrs. .lanet Tennant, 513 15th SI. S. Ellen Denoon unit, Wednes- day al 3 p.m. with Mrs. W. Meyers, 5th Ave. A S. Chinook unit, Tuesday p.m. with !Urs. N. 0. Gillcspic. 1710 lilt h'Ave. fi. fit unit, Monday at p.m with Mrs. Logan'Tail. 1040 Hth St. S. HELP US TO HELP OTHERS! The Salvation Army Welfafe Services Needs Clothing, Furniture, Toys, Household Effects CAU 328-2860 FOR PICKUP SERVICE OR LEAVE AT 412 1st AVE. S. The role of women's organiza- tions was discussed at a recent meeting of the International Council of Women and it was stressed that this is a period of "questioning whether, after almost a century of existence, they would find a second wind or be content with straggling to survive." j Recruiting new members is j another problem, Mrs. HUB- I tyshyn said. "We are finding we are com- peting with action groups that j attract the younger and more dynamic women, whereas long I ago the council was die woman's liberation movement of thp day.'1 Mrs. Hnatyshyn said member of women's organizations which {competed with each other, rather than working together. This occurred on both the na- tional and international levels. "There should be occasions when they could work together, as an example, in Canada, on the status of women report." Mrs. Ilnatyshynsaid member councils are involved In a wide range of activities. Members in Charlottetown were studying Ihe possibilities of day-care centres. Ontario with a grant from the provincial gov- ernment, were studying Cana- dian publishing and Canadian content in textbooks. The Winnipeg council wis helping to launch a professional opera group and councils in Vie- j toria and Chilliwack. R.C., were working with senior citizens. In Vancouver, members were j studying civic election proce- dures and a plan to have more women on lire police force. SIMPSONS-SEARS Oh, I hose From Spain comes Ihe fabric! From Canada, the ultra-smart styling. The result: The brightest lacy nylon ver! St. Tropez shiris, tu pretly polos and many others maka i1 in color-bright plains or print: Sizes 10-18. 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