UN Women is the global champion for women and girls. Its was created in July 2010 in a historic moment that was applauded around the gloab. The UN General Assembly voted unanimously to merge the four following UN entities to create this new organization:
- DAW : Division for the Advancement of Women, established in 1946
- INSTRAW : International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women, established in 1976
- OSAGI : Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, established in 1997
- UNIFEM : United Nations Development Fund for Women, established in 1976
The creation of UN Women is the result of tireless efforts by UN Member States and women’s rights advocates to have a single global organization that will champion the rights of women and girls. They recognized that making gender equality and the empowerment of women a reality in the lives of women and girls demanded an organization with worldwide reach, sizable expertise and significant resources.
Whether the issue is political leadership, peace building and conflict resolution, protection from violence or access to land, credit and decent jobs, UN Women provides a platform for activists to come together as leaders, advocates and agents of change.
UN Women stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on five priority areas:
- Increasing women’s leadership and participation;
- Ending violence against women and girls;
- Engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes;
- Enhancing women’s economic empowerment;
- Making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting.