Women under apartheid

Economic and Social Council Resolution 1984/17


The Economic and Social Council,

Taking note of the report of the Secretary-General on the situation of
women and children living under racist minority regimes and in the
occupied Arab territories and other occupied territories,

Bearing in mind the conclusions of the International Conference on Women
and Apartheid, held at Brussels from 17 to 19 May 1982, and of the
Declaration adopted by the Conference,

Noting the wide observance of 9 August annually as the International Day
of Solidarity with the Struggle of Women in South Africa and Namibia, in
accordance with General Assembly resolution 36/172/K of 17 December 1981,

1. Expresses its appreciation to the Special Committee against
Apartheid and its Task Force on Women and Children for giving special
attention to the plight of women and children under apartheid, in
accordance with General Assembly resolution 36/172/K;

2. Expresses its appreciation to the International Committee of
Solidarity with the Struggle of Women in South Africa and Namibia for
undertaking activities in support of women and children living under
apartheid, and urges the Committee to exert greater efforts in support of
women and children living under apartheid;

3. Urges all Governments, United Nations bodies, international,
regional, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, women's
and anti-apartheid groups and other concerned groups to give the highest
priority to measures of assistance to women in South Africa and Namibia
until the end of the United Nations Decade for Women: Equality,
Development and Peace and beyond;

4. Invites the Special Committee against Apartheid and its Task Force
on Women and Children to continue their activities in promoting the
widest possible dissemination of information concerning women and
children living under apartheid;

5. Appeals to all Governments, United Nations bodies, international,
regional, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, women's
and anti-apartheid groups and other concerned groups to support the
various projects of the national liberation movements and front-line
States designed to assist refugee women and children from South Africa
and Namibia;

6. Requests the Secretary-General to submit to the Commission on the
Status of Women at its thirty-first session a preliminary report on
measures of assistance provided to women inside South Africa and Namibia
and to women from South Africa and Namibia who have become refugees as
the result of the practice of apartheid;

7. Calls upon all women's organizations to support the women of Namibia
in their efforts to attain independence, in accordance with Security
Council resolution 435(1978) of 29 September 1978.

Resolution 1984/17
24 May 1984
Meeting 19


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