UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
(UN Women)

Source description last updated: 17 February 2015
In brief: UN Women is the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.

Coverage on ecoi.net:
News (for countries of priorities A-C) and other publications (for countries of priorities A-D).
Covered quarterly on ecoi.net.

“The main roles of UN Women are:
“For many years, the UN has faced serious challenges in its efforts to promote gender equality globally, including equality funding and no single recognized driver to direct UN activities on gender equality issues. UN Women was created to address such challenges. [...] UN Women, among other issues, works for the:
It was created by merging the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW), the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues Advancement of Women (OSAGI) and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).
Voluntary contributions from national committees, UN organisations, foundations, the private sector and others. (see UN Women Annual Report 2013-2014, 2014, http://www.unwomen.org/~/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/library/publications/2014/annual%20report%202013-2014%20pdf.ashx)
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: UN member states
Thematic focus: Rights of women and LGBTI persons
“UN Women acts on two fronts. It supports international political negotiations to formulate globally agreed standards for gender equality. And it helps UN Member States to implement those standards by providing expertise and financial support. UN Women also assists other parts of the UN system in their efforts to advance gender equality across the broad spectrum of issues related to human rights and human development.” (UN Women, How We Work, undated, http://www.unwomen.org/en/how-we-work)
“As part of our mandate, UN Women supports Member States in setting norms. We conduct research, and compile and provide evidence, including good practices and lessons learned, to inform intergovernmental debates and decisions. We also assist in implementing norms and standards through our country programmes. In addition, UN Women leads and coordinates the UN system’s work in support of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Intergovernmental discussions on UN Women’s country activities take place in the Executive Board, where a rotating group of UN Member States helps set strategic directions.” (UN Women, Intergovernmental support, undated, http://www.unwomen.org/en/how-we-work/intergovernmental-support)
UN Women has “a key role in increasing knowledge about women’s status in the United Nations.” (UN Women, UN system coordination, undated, http://www.unwomen.org/en/how-we-work/un-system-coordination)
“Within countries that request its assistance, UN Women works with government and non-governmental partners to help them put in place the policies, laws, services, and resources that women require to move towards equality.” (UN Women, Programme and technical assistance, undated, http://www.unwomen.org/en/how-we-work/programme-and-technical-assistance)
“Our solutions include preparing regular research and data-based flagship reports to call attention to existing gaps and spur action. These include Progress of the World’s Women and World Survey on the Role of Women in Development. [...] UN Women has issued position papers on the post-2015 development agenda, and on the global economic crisis, among others, and provides regular substantive inputs to intergovernmental processes, like the Commission on the Status of Women.” (UN Women, Research and data, undated, http://www.unwomen.org/en/how-we-work/research-and-data)

Languages of publications:
English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese

Further reading / links:
Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 2 July 2010 [A/RES/64/289], 21 July 2010
Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 14 September 2009 [A/RES/63/311], 2 October 2009
Comprehensive proposal for the composite entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women [A/64/588], 6 January 2010
UN Women, UN-Women Executive Board Members, undated

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