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United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNWOMEN)

by Khristine Custodio last modified Dec 23, 2013 09:06 AM
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNWOMEN) is tasked to support inter-governmental bodies in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms in advancing gender equality. It also provides technical and financial support to help Member States to implement these standards and to forge effective partnerships with civil society. UNWOMEN promotes the rights of women on access to and utilization of water resources.





UNWOMEN was created to champion for women and girls amidst current scenarios where they lack access to decent work, face occupational segregation and gender wage gaps, often denied access to basic education and health care, suffer violence and discrimination, and under-represented in political and economic decision-making processes.

UNWOMEN directs UN activities on gender-related issues. It works for the:

  • elimination of discrimination against women and girls;
  • empowerment of women; and
  • achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.


    More about UNWOMEN

    UNWOMEN serves as a platform for governments and civil society actors to debate and seek agreement on global gender equality norms and standards at the national, regional and global levels. It provides impetus for adopting and enhancing laws, policies and programmes that bring about equality between women and men.

    It initiates interventions that unlock rapid national progress in attaining national and international commitments to women.
    UNWOMEN also works in rural areas where the burden of providing safe drinking water and sanitation is carried by women and girls, and where economic opportunities are oftentimes unavailable or denied to them.

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