(The UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women), New York
On 2nd July 2010, the UN General Assembly voted unanimously to create a new entity to focus on meeting the needs of women and girls. UN Women is a result of years of negotiations and campaigning. UN Women brought together the work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system:
- Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW),
- International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW),
- Office of the Special Advisor on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women (OSAGI),
- UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).
UN Women aims to be a dynamic and strong champion for women and girls, providing them with a powerful voice at the global, regional and local levels.
The main roles of UN Women are:
- To support inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms.
- To help Member States to implement these standards, standing ready to provide suitable technical and financial support to those countries that request it and to forge effective partnerships with civil society.
- To hold the UN system accountable for its own commitments on gender equality, including regular monitoring of system-wide progress.
The first Executive Director for UN Women was Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile. On her departure from the post in March 2013, she was succeeded as Acting Executive Director by her former Deputy, Lakshmi Puri.
- News Story: SI thanks Michelle Bachelet for inspirational leadership, strength and commitment at UN Women, April 2013
- News Story: UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality Issues New Call for Proposals, March 2012
- News Story: UN Women Celebrates First Year, January 2012
- News Story: World Leaders Draw Attention to Central Role of Women's Political Participation in Democracy, September 2011
- News Story: SI receives letter of thanks from UN Women, August 2011
- News Story: UN Women Reveal Strategic Plan, June 2011
- SI’s letter of congratulations to Ms. Bachelet on her appointment.
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