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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 7, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta rut- 6THBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, Septomoer 7, 1974 -The Herald Family Lawyer seeks total equality for all women OTTAWA nea Sipila is so committed to full equality for women in the world that she has left her family in Finland while she pursues her ideal through the United Nations in New York. "It wasn't an easy decision for me to make." she said in an interview, explaining why she left home two years ago to accept an appointment as UN assistant secretary general for social and humanitarian affairs. An eminent family lawyer in her own country and former president of the International Federation of Women Lawyers. Ms. Sipila, now 59. is here for a UN conference on women's rights which has attracted delegates from more than 30 countries. The conference, a scene- setter for by the UN as International Women's Year, is designed to examine how national and regional machinery may be created to bring about full equality for women. It began Wednesday and continues in closed workshops through Sept. 17. For Ms. prefers the undefinitive prefix because it wa: encouraged by her father when she was in her conference is clear evidence of the progress made by women in their seemingly endless fight for full equality. Ironically, she said she has had to overcome the personal obstacle of never having had her equality challenged. Her childhood was spent largely with male cousins, competing with them at their level. Ms. Sipila opened her own law office in Helsinki in 1943, the only practice run by a woman in a country that has been relatively progressive as far as its women are concerned. The law practice flourished and eventually employed four other at- torneys. Since 1950. she has oartici- pated on numerous Finnish committees dealing with family law and from 1960 to 1968 and again in 1971 and 1972 represented Finland on the UN's Commission on the Status of Women. She was commission vice-chairman from 1963 to 1968 and chairman in 1967. When Kurt Waldheim became UN secretary-general in 1972 and decided he wanted a woman in his executive, Ms. Sipila was recommended by her own government "almost before I knew about it." She feels equality in the full- est sense of the word will be a global reality for women before the end of the 20th cen- tury, largely because of work being done in many countries by the UN and other agencies. She said great strides have been made in Asia and Africa, thanks to UN work. Fresh interpretation of the Koran has allowed progress in Moslem countries. In Tunisia, for example, polygamy has been abolished although strict interpretation of the Koran permits it. Women have been allowed to drop the veil in Iran F.O.E. BINGO TONIGHT EAGLES HALL 6th A and 13lh ST. N. Every Saturday Night at 8 p.m. 5 Cards for 1 .OO or 25c Each Three Number Games Free Games and Free Cards DOOR PRIZE Gold cards pay double money JEAN MAGUIRE Officers elected The Lethbridge Community College Faculty Wives Association has elected Jean Maguire to serve as president for the 1974-75 season. Other officers include Joyce Johnson, vice-president; Audrey MacPherson. secretary: Pat McAlister. treasurer: and Bev Cooper, past president. MINUS ONE CLUB DANCE POLISH HALL 8 Ave. and 13 St. N. SATURDAY, SEPT. p.m. to 1 a.m. Music by the "BRIDGE TOWN TRIO" Members and invited guesis.____________ YOU'RE closERT losiixq THAN HIST AS CLOSE AS YOUR TELEPHONE We 1hmk b.vng sfiould be made as easy as that heiDS is Coving plenty ossibl. A-. DON T PUT !T OFF ANOTHER DAY DON'T PUT IT ON ANOTHER DAY' CALL Zenith 06124 (Toll Free) St. Arji. Church Jim5 1 P.M. P.M. Reflections in time Still waters, grasslands and an abandoned memories, caught by Herald photographer Bill barn near Park Lake combine to make a picture of Groenen. Indian youths rebel against old marriage customs, beliefs By RAM SUiXOAR CP Correspondent BOMBAY (CP.) Young Maoists in the Indian province of West Bengal recently called for a "revolt against feudal- imperialist customs." "We must marry for love. not for money. And intending couples should not go to tem- ples, churches, mosques or synagogues." a 19-year-old member of the Maoist Nax- alite Party told a rally. But he did not specify where the couples should go to have their weddings regularized. He obviously had the office of the registrar of civii marriages in mind but as