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UN Women Overview


Six months into the war, Gaza is facing a humanitarian crisis disproportionately impacting women and girls, according to a new report by UN Women.


GS II: International Relations

UN Women Overview

Purpose and Establishment

  • UN Women is the specialized United Nations agency focused on promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women.
  • It was established by the UN General Assembly in July 2010 as part of the UN reform agenda to consolidate resources and mandates for more impactful results.
Core Objectives
  • Policy Formulation and Support
    • Assists inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in shaping policies, global standards, and norms.
  • Implementation Assistance
    • Supports member states in applying these standards, offering technical and financial assistance upon request, and building effective partnerships with civil society.
  • Coordination and Accountability
    • Leads and coordinates the UN system’s efforts on gender equality and advocates for accountability through ongoing monitoring of system-wide progress.
Global Engagement
  • Advocates globally to realize the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for women and girls, emphasizing women’s equal participation across all aspects of life.
Country-Specific Initiatives
  • Collaborates with government and non-governmental partners in countries seeking assistance to establish the necessary policies, laws, services, and resources to advance gender equality.
Funding Mechanisms
  • Provides grants through two key funds to support innovative and impactful programs:
    • Fund for Gender Equality
    • UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women
Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
  • CSW is a global policy-making body, operating as a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), solely dedicated to advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Information Dissemination
  • Offers regular updates on women’s rights issues to the General Assembly, ECOSOC, and the Security Council.
  • Manages the UN Secretary-General’s database on violence against women to track actions by UN Member States and organizations to combat violence.

-Source: Down To Earth

May 2024