UN Women (UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women), 2001

  • It is a UN entity working for women empowerment and member of the UN Development Group.
  • Headquarter: New York City.
  • Official languages: English, French.
  • Structure and Functioning:
    • Resolution 64/289 determined that the entity should be headed by an Under Secretary General.
    • Under Secretary general is appointed by Secretary general, in consultation with member states.
  • Governance structure that decides policy guiding principles is constituted by:
    • General Assembly: It approves the budget.
    • Economic and Social Council.
    • Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
  • UN Women’s main thematic areas of work include:
    • Leadership and political participation, Economic empowerment.
    • To end violence against women, Humanitarian action.
    • Peace and security, Governance and national planning.
    • 2030 Agenda for SDG, HIV and AIDS.

Major Goals of UN Women:

  • UN Women is empowered to:
    • To support intergovernmental bodies, in formulation of policies, global standards, norms.
    • To provide suitable technical and financial support to UN members.
    • To hold the UN system accountable for its own commitments on gender equality.