Union of Australian Women Collection, UQFL193, Box 24, item 16
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The Union of Australian Women was a national organisation, formed in 1950. Its aim was to work for the status and wellbeing of women across the world. It was involved in a wide variety of campaigns that concern women, and networked with other women's community and union groups on such issues. The national branch closed in 1995 and the Queensland branch disbanded in 1999.
Plastic badge with a black background and white text that reads 'United Nations' Decade for Women' and '1976-1985'. Centred is a white dove split by an equal sign and the female gender symbol.
Against the backdrop of the Women’s Liberation movement, The United Nations General Assembly declared 1975 to be International Women’s Year, and following the first World Conference of Women, subsequently designated the years 1976-1985 as the UN Decade for Women. The goal of this decade was the promotion of equal rights and opportunities for women around the world. Three major meetings for women and their role in peace and development were held during this decade, including the first in 1975 in Mexico City, followed by Copenhagen in 1980 and Nairobi in 1985. These conferences covered issues such as equal pay, violence against women, and basic human rights.