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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Sexual discrimination at UN: no room at top for women By SUSAN DECKER OTTAWA (CP) The United Nations has become increas- ingly, if slowly, aware of the lack of women in its upper ranks anil Canada can lake some credit. "There is not one woman in llio top Kurt Waldheim, (he 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 iniliativc at the last session of Hie UN commission on the stains of women resulted in "a particularly satisfactory achievement." The situation hadn't changed much lor years, although for a decade until 1SJG7, Mrs. D. R. Sinclair, a Canadian, was dep- uty executive director of the UN children's fund. Efforts were made to get rec-1 nmmcndations Irom the UN' commission on the status of women before the General As- sembly. But the assembly merely look note of the recom- mendation or no action at all. SECRETARIAT UNHAPPY "Certainly, the secretariat ol 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 j and Social es- t n b 1 i s h e d the 32member women's slalus commission 10 promote women's rights- claimed generally Ihat recom- mendations for appointing women to senior posts raised questions exclusively within the secretary-general's discretion. "The secretariat also raised Ihe bogeyman of special mea- sures to ensure Ihe employment of women, claiming that this would amount to discriminalion in Miss Gelbcr said. It was also claimed that the secretarial relied heavily on member governments, and that the commission's objective would be Ircst served by ad- dressing them rather Ulan the UN itself. SOUGHT SUPPORT The Canadian delegation at Ihe UN commission on the status of women, at Ihe 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 ensure the e m p 1 o y ra c n t. 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-scc- lion of UN membership. The Economic and Social Council adopled il in May, 1370, with minor amendments, and sent il lo two committees of Ihe assembly which also adopted it. One committee noted Ihat only six per cenl of the secre- lariat's senior staff were women. In fact, during a 20-year pe- riod, no woman has held Ihe key posl of assislanl geiieral, allhough lit such posts are available. TO SET EXAMPLE In its final as well as initial forni, the resolution expressed hope thai the UN would set !in example in affording women op- portunities to work at senior and professional levels. The General Assembly suu- porled Lhis. For a number of years. Ihe Canadian government delega- lion lo the international labor conference, an important seg- ment of Ihe Labor Organization, has included some women involved in normal work. "Canada will continue Lo pro- vide initiative and give support lo Ihe measures it considers necessary to ensure that inter- national labor instruments are brought into line wilh modem- day concepts of equal opportu- nity for women in employ- Miss Gelber said. Tuniday, rrbiuory 8, 1777 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID A Calendar Of Local happenings USE PROMPTLY Ground meat should be used promptly: whether raw or cocked, il spoils more quickly lhan unground meal. World champion, Bealrix Schuba of Auslria, skaled compulsories of the women's Olympic figure skating co perfect score of 9.0 in ordinals from ihe nine judges. inlo a commanding lead in ihe nlesr in Sapporo, Japan wilh a PERLUX DRY CLEANING SALE STARTS MONDAY, FEB. 7 Wr? B J Spring or Summer Id! (Light and Med.) (Plain) SWEATERS SKIRTS @g0 PANTS or SLACKS 6S0 PERLUX CLEANERS 410 5lh St. S. FREE PICK-UP Phone 327-3666 Different meaning JOHANNESBURG, South Af- rica (Al') Judge 0. J. Coet- said South African courts treat blacks more lenicnlly than in bigamy cases because i ''marriage does not have Ihc same meaning for them." "Sorry you don't like anything I've showed you, Sir.. .But those are the only styles we have in r Ann Landers L ANN LANDERS: Our 17-year-old son lett 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 lo 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 do1 Please come up with an Lake George, N.Y. Parents DEAH L. G.: You have just handed me the most diffi- cult question of the century. Thanks, o 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 him and you, I suggest an inter- mediary, someone the boy can talk a physician, a clergy- man or a counsellor. This boy needs therapy but it can't be forced on lu'm. He ir.ust want il. He is righl when he says you cannot throw him out be- cause he's a minor. You can, however, put him in a deten- tion which 1 do NOT, repeat NOT, if he becomes unmanageable. Most detention homes are factories that produce hardened criminals. Your son's recalcitrance and hostility did not develop overnight so don't expect miracles. Be palient and remember that the child who is least lovable needs love (lie most. CONFIDENTIAL TO SETTLED FOR A PEAKL: Con- gratulations. Tliese days when some girls arc 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 (he Hope Diamond. ANN LANDERS: I'm a 36-year-old molher of e teen-age daughter. My husband is a great guy and we've never had any serious problems. A certain 18-year-old boy comes to the house lo see my daughter. They a're not going steady but I wish, they were because I'd like to see him more often. I am strongly attracted to this boy in a physical way, wliich I realize is ridiculous. one knows about this but me. Am f nuts? Have you ever heard of such a thing? Nothing will ever come of il but f had lo write and ask if I am off my Address Unknown DEAH 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 Ihe human race. Council president raps competition SASKATOON (CP) W o m c 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- lyshyn. president of tlic Na- tional Council of Women. Wilh more women employed and getting satisfaction out ol Iheir professions, it is difficult to convince them Ihat volunteer work i.s important, she said. Oldman River Pollcr.1; will hold a workshop on lo be conducted by Frr.n Schaik al on Wed- ncsday at Hie Art Centre. The regular monthly meeting of the Wilson While Comrnunily Club will be held al Ihe liomi- of Mrs. J. R. Gwatkin on Thursday at p.m. The annual mecMing of Ihr Sir Alexander Gall Chapler, 1UDK. will be held Thursday ill p.m. wilh luncheon at Hit Mar- quis Hotel. There will he no nf Assumption CWL for Ibis monlh A card parly sponsored by Si. Aug u s t i n c' s ACW evening branch will be held on Wednes- day at 8 p.m. in (he parish hall. The regular monthly mect- ing will be held al 7 p.m. Weddings are null ROMF, (API 'Hie mar- riages of increasing numbers M; local couples are null in (he eyes of the Roman Caiholir.1 Church because Ilicy wed will) no inlenlions of fidclitv or hav- ing children, said a church In- bunal official who termed tin.1 trend ''a mental deviation in (he youth." Xi Chapler will hold menial meeting Tuesday al p.m. al (he home ol Mrs. Alice Foder in Coaldalc. A pro- Cram on Africa will be present H! by Mrs. Eileen Mallcolli and Mrs. Mary Hall. Feature speaker will be Fr. McCabc, a former African missionary. i Fort Macleod square dancers will hold Ihe regular dance on Wednesday al p.m. with round dance practice at 8 p.m. in Ihe elementary school. Ev- eryone welcome. Women are asked to please bring a box lunch. The Lelhbridec Registered Music Teachers Association will hold the monlhly mc-elinp. on Thursday at p.m. at Ihc home of Mrs. Anne Campbell, 1022 1211) St. B S. Lclhbridgc Philatelic Society regular monlhly meeling will IIP held in the pas company auditorium on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Program slide film Rus- sian handover prints ol Germany. 191B. Preceptor Fin Chapter, Br-fn Simula Flu, I'ill hold the Feb- ruary meeting on Tuesday nl Ihe Ilium- of Mrs. A. R. Niven. Mrs. Nivcn will present the piu gram. fiouthminslcr UCW unils will as follows1 Ugdcn Unit, Tuesday at C r. p m. with Mrs. Lydia Docnz, (Idil Idlh SI. S Grace Marshall Unit. day ;il p.m. with Mrs. II. Wallers, IGO.'i St. S. Susan Galhrailh Unit. Wed- nesday at p.m wilh Mr'. T. 130-1 Glh Ave. S. Alma Buchanan unil. Wed- nesday al 2'30 p.m. with Mrs. Thompson. 52ii 161 h St. S. Tuesday evening unit, Tues- day at (1 p.m. wilh Mrs. .land Te'nnanl, jlli 13lh SI. S. Ellen Dcnoon unit, day al p.m. wilh Mrs. W. Meyers. 5lli Ave. A S. Chinook Tuesday p.m. wilh Mrs. N 0. Gillcspic. 1710 llllh'Ave. fi. fH unil, Mondiiv at uilh Mrs. Logan'Tail. 1040 Hill SI. S. HELP US TO HEIP OTHERS! The Salvation Army Welfare Services Needs Clothing, Furniture, Toys, Household Effects cAtt 3282860 FOR PICKUP SERVICE OR IEAVE AT 413 1st AVE. S. VAtCNTINES FOR MEANIES _. Suson Carson fugocsli Volrn. linrs wilh n difference for sarcmtic polluters, nnd other IN YOUR LETHBRIDGE HERALD WEEKEND MAGAZINE 1 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 "queslioning whether, after almost a century of existence, they would find a second wind 01- eontcnl with straggling lo survive Recruiting new members is another problem, Mrs. HUE- lyshyil said. "We arc finding we are com- pcling with action groups that attract the younger and more dynamic women, whereas long ago Ihe council was ihe woman's liberation movement of the. day." Mrs. Hnatyshyn said nrember of women's organizations which icompeled 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 Ihe slatus of women report." Mrs. Ilnatyshynsaid member councils nre involved in a wide range of activities. Members in Charlolletown were studying Iho possibilities of day-care centres. Ontario councils, with a granl from Ihc provincial gov- ernment, were studying Cana- dian publishing and Canadian content in textbooks. The Winnipeg council wns helping to launch a opera group and councils in Vic- toria and Chilliwack. H.C.. were j working wilh senior cilimis. In Vancouver, members were j studying civic eleclion proce- dures nnd a plan to have more women on lire police force. 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