A general view of the inauguration ceremony of the Conference: UN Photo/B Lane
A general view of the inauguration ceremony of the Conference: UN Photo/B Lane

World Conference of the International Women's Year: Mexico City (19 June to 2 July 1975)

The first world conference on the status of women was convened in Mexico City to coincide with the 1975 International Women's Year, observed to remind the international community that discrimination against women continued to be a persistent problem in much of the world.

The Conference, along with the United Nations Decade for Women (1976-1985) proclaimed by the General Assembly five months later at the urging of the Conference, launched a new era in global efforts to promote the advancement of women by opening a worldwide dialogue on gender equality.