“Legendary” UN Pioneer and Colleague of Eleanor Roosevelt to Speak at Pace’s Pleasantville Campus

Margaret Bruce, OBE, a “legendary” international diplomat who helped found the United Nations, started much of its work for human rights, and organized the first World Conference on Women in Mexico City in 1975, will speak at Pace University’s Pleasantville campus Tuesday, April 5.

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“LEGENDARY” WORLD CRUSADER
FOR WOMEN’S AND HUMAN RIGHTS
TO SPEAK AT PACE PLEASANTVILLE CAMPUS APRIL 5

Margaret Bruce, United Nations pioneer said to leave students “awestruck,”
will discuss “Peace for a Healthy World” during Earth Month activities

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, March 23, 2005 – Margaret Bruce, OBE, a “legendary” international diplomat who helped found the United Nations, started much of its work for human rights, and organized the first World Conference on Women in Mexico City in 1975, will speak at Pace University’s Pleasantville campus Tuesday, April 5.

Her free talk on “Peace for a Healthy World” is part of the university’s Earth Month activities and is co-sponsored by its Women’s Studies department. It will take place at 7:15 PM in the Butcher Suite upstairs in the Kessel Student Center of the Pleasantville campus of Pace, 861 Bedford Rd., entrance three.

Bruce, who now is working with the United Nations Association on a resolution on the Middle East, was a participant in decades of historic activity. An Englishwoman by birth (and now a U.S. citizen), she was a student in Germany when the Nazis came to power. Although a Christian with no family members affected by the Holocaust, she quickly realized her life’s work would be in human rights.

“Awestruck” students. She joined the United Nations Secretariat staff in London in 1945 during the meetings that led to the first session of the General Assembly there in 1946. Highlights of her later career include serving as Secretary of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and on the drafting committees, chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“Margaret Bruce is one of the most phenomenal women I have ever met,” said Pace Professor of Public Administration Joan Katen. “She spoke in my Comparative European Politics class and my students were awestruck. Students can learn from textbooks, but to understand from a humanistic point of view as a result of hearing direct experience is invaluable. The students were riveted.”

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After coming to the United States in 1946 with one of the first UN secretariat teams, Bruce was a member of the staff for 32 years. In 1962, she was appointed head of the office responsible for women’s rights. She directed UN programs on the advancement of women for more than 15 years, and helped expand these to focus on women in development as well as human rights. She became Assistant Director of the Human Rights Division in 1969.

Bruce was responsible for the organization of International Women’s Year in 1975 and the first World Conference on Women held in Mexico City in 1975. She retired from the UN in 1977. In 1978, the government of the United Kingdom awarded her the Order of the British Empire (OBE) – a knighthood.

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