'UN Women' Office Will Boost Global Effort for Gender Equality

Jul 23, 2010

The United Nations General Assembly created a new entity in July that is designed to boost the global campaign for gender equality.

In an historic vote on July 2, the general assembly voted unanimously to create the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women to accelerate efforts to combat sex discrimination, increase opportunities for women and girls, and even the playing field for the men and women worldwide.

The office will be referred to as UN Women and will open in January 2011.

It will house four previously distinct offices that existed within the United Nations system: the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW); the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI); the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM); and the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW).

The decision to merge the offices came about after years of negotiations between the United Nations and global women’s rights advocates. “Through UN Women, we will be stronger in our mutual goal to end violence against women,” said UNIFEM Executive Director Ines Alberdi. The new office, she said, will help women’s rights advocates raise money and speak in a single, unified voice. It will be “more coherent, better positioned and resourced than the sum of its constituent parts.”

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