The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women commonly referred to as UN Women is an American Entity that is dedicated to empowering women. Since 2nd July 2010, the body has been doing a commendable job in empowering girls and women. Its headquarters are in the heart of the New York City. It is one of the most influential agencies coordinating events on International Women’s Day as well as uplifting the status of female citizens.
Foundation history of the Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
Four bodies merged together and the Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women was formed. These four organizations are:
- The Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW)
- The Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI)
- The International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW)
- The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
In the year 2010, on 14th September, it was declared that Michelle Bachelet, the earlier CN President was to become the head of the Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of this body was supported by several countries and Bachelet was warmly received as its chief. In 2011, Lakshmi Puri from India and John Hendra from Canada were made the Deputy Executive Directors of the body.
In the year 2016 at Bangkok, The GEM-TECH Awards was organized by UN Women.
Main areas of focus of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women has pledged to continue working within the Beijing Declaration and the UN Charter’s framework. It addresses crucial issues of gender equality, advancement, empowerment and financial independence of women.
The areas in which the UN Women work are:
- Political participation and leadership
- Empowering women financially
- Putting an end to violence done against women
- Security and peace
- Humanitarian activities
- National planning and governance
- AIDS and HIV
- Overall Sustainable Development by 2030
UN Women: Chief Goals
The three basic goals of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women are:
- To provide support to governmental organizations like Commission on the Status of Women to formulate global standards, policies and functional norms
- To help member states in holding the system of the United Nations accountable for the commitments made by it to promote gender equality as well as monitor the progress of the system
- To maintain good relations with civil society and to help other countries when requested, both financially and technically in bettering the societal status of their women citizens.
The governance structure of the UN Women
The governance structure of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women consists of:
- The General Assembly
- Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
- Economic and Social Council
These three bodies determine the guiding principles of UN Women.