In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization’s goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women.
UN Women stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on five priority areas to unlock rapid transformation:
- Increasing women’s participation and leadership;
- Engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes;
- Ending violence against women;
- Enhancing women’s economic empowerment and
- Making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting.
According to its mission statement, 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.
For more information about UN Women, please visit http://www.unwomen.org/.