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Since the Millennium Summit in 2000, there have been numerous initiatives to explore the gender equality dimensions of the MDGs.3 All have noted the importance of far-reaching commitments to achieve women's rights from the past 30 years, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), ratified by 186 member states; the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action; the Beijing Platform for Action; and Security Council resolutions 1325, 1820, 1888 and 1889 on women, peace and security and sexual …
New report and HIV-positive women's groups make urgent recommendations for advancing leadership of women living with HIV
Vienna - At the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, a new report by the United Nations Development Fund for Women, UNIFEM (part of UN Women) and the ATHENA Network launched today highlights that despite international commitments, HIV-positive women's participation and voices are largely missing from decision-making in the HIV and AIDS response that affect their …
The critical importance of women's leadership
and participation is increasingly being recognized and advanced as central
to transforming the HIV and AIDS response. The Agenda for Accelerated Country
Action for Women, Girls, Gender Equality and HIV, launched by UNAIDS in
March 2010, champions "strong, bold and diverse leadership for women,
girls and gender equality, for their
participation in decision-making, in the context of HIV" (see Box 1).1 The landmark 2007 International Women's Summit:
By Ban Ki-moon , UN Secretary-General
This October we will mark the tenth anniversary of the Security Council's groundbreaking resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, which called for higher levels of women's involvement in peacemaking and peacebuilding. This anniversary is an opportunity to reaffirm the core message of that landmark text: sustainable peace is possible only with women's full participation - their perspectives, their leadership, their daily, equal presence wherever we seek to make and keep the peace.
Progress has indeed been achieved.
United Nations, New York - UNIFEM has launched a Global Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence against Women and Girls. The one-stop centre will support practitioners around the world in effective design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes.
It is now recognized that sustainable human development cannot be achieved without gender equality. Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 hinges on making tangible progress with regard to gender equality and women's empowerment, not only as a goal in itself (MDG3), but also in the achievement of all the other goals. When women are integrated meaningfully into the labour force, there are impressive advances in social well-being.
The Government of Spain will contribute EUR 31.5 million to UNIFEM this year, as part of its efforts to boost official development assistance (ODA) and in line with the emphasis on gender equality and women's empowerment in its international cooperation policy. Increasing its total contribution by EUR 12 million from 2008, Spain is designating half the amount in 2009 for UNIFEM core funds.
The Spanish Government formalized its relations with UNIFEM in 2005, by signing the first framework agreement for collaboration on efforts to strengthen gender equality.
This guide is intended to contribute to the development and more effective use of gender-sensitive indicators so that services are delivered more efficiently and effectively to women. It should be seen as a generic and basic tool to map and analyse governance of basic service delivery from a gender perspective. It includes indicators and measurement tools developed by multilateral and bilateral agencies as well as by national counterparts. The guide also presents examples of newly developed and innovative measurement initiatives in women's access to public services.
The Annual Report documents UNIFEM's work to foster women's empowerment and gender equality around the world. The 2008-2009 edition highlights the efforts at the grassroots and policy level to improve women's safety and security, advance political participation and economic empowerment, and further women's access to justice and land.
Promoting Gender Equality in HIV and AIDS Responses: Making Aid More Effective Through Tracking Results presents the key findings of the consultation; it highlights the need for a framework that links structural, social and individual determinants of gender inequality as well as presents opportunities (provided by the Paris Declaration) to strengthen the focus on intersections between HIV, violence against women, and sexual and reproductive health access and rights.
- About the United Nations Trust Fund
The United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women ("The UN Trust Fund") is a leading global multi-lateral mechanism supporting national efforts to end one of the most widespread human rights violations in the world. Established in 1996 by UN General Assembly Resolution 50/166, the UN Trust Fund is administered by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) on behalf of the UN System.
Since its inception, the UN Trust Fund has been a catalyst for new ideas, a source of support for …
Statement by Inés Alberdi, Executive Director, UNIFEM, International Women's Day, 8 March 2009.
International Women's Day is an occasion to reflect on where we are in our struggle for equality, peace and development, and a chance to unite and mobilize for meaningful change. This year there is much to celebrate. The vision women marched for over a century ago, of a life free of poverty and violence, has spread to countries around the globe.
This year's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women [25 November 2008] marks a defining moment in the global drive to end violence against women. Fuelled by advocacy and action at the grassroots and national levels, the issue has moved to centre stage at the United Nations. In March 2008 the Secretary-General launched his global campaign, UNiTE to End Violence against Women.
From Commitment to Action conference will spotlight urgent concerns of women's security in conflict and post-conflict.
Brussels/Paris - The French Presidency of the European Union and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) jointly call upon EU Member States today for urgent action on enhancing implementation and accountability for the security of women. "From Commitment to Action" - the one-day conference organized in cooperation with the European Commission - focuses on detailed practical response to systematic sexual violence faced by women in conflict …
Ahead of High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, UNIFEM, EC and ITC/ILO Call for Strengthened Efforts to Address Women's Priorities / "Opportunity not to be Missed"
New York, 2 September 2008 - At the start of 3rd High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, the United Nations Development Fund for Women, UNIFEM, and the European Commission call for strengthened efforts to address gender inequalities in a quest to end global poverty.
"Over a billion women worldwide continue to be trapped in poverty," said UNIFEM Executive Director Inés Alberdi.
This volume of Progress of the World's Women asks the question "Who answers to women?" at a pivotal moment. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed to in 2000 contain a commitment to achieving gender equality and women's empowerment, including indicators and concrete targets related to girls' education and to maternal mortality. The MDGs also monitor progress on women's ability to engage in economic activity and public decision-making on an equal basis with men. Halfway to 2015, the year when the MDGs should be met by all countries, progress has been mixed.
Statement by Inés Alberdi, UNIFEM Executive Director
"Wartime sexual violence has been one of history's greatest silences. Yesterday's unanimously-adopted Security Council Resolution 1820 ends - once and for all - the debate on whether systematic sexual violence belongs on the Council agenda.
Financing for gender equality is a critical part of the discussion on financing for development. All national and international economic policies affect women, in ways that serve to advance or hinder their livelihoods. At the same time, economic growth and human development, to be sustainable, require women's full participation in the economy, making it necessary to tailor development finance to the needs of both women and men. Sustainable development depends on tapping the talents of everyone in society, even as equality and social justice mark stable, flourishing societies.
This UNIFEM publication, that presents a gender-responsive rights-based approach to MDG implementation, is a useful and relevant resource with strong East, Southeast, South Asian, and national resonance. It is gender-responsive and rights-based in that it takes account of (a) the different and unequal situation of women and men, girls and boys in most contexts and (b) the different and discriminatory impact of policies and institutions that mirror these socio-economic and political inequities between women and men, girls and boys.
In pursuing its goal to attain the implementation of "national commitments to advance gender equality and womens empowerment in stable and fragile states" (Strategic Plan 2008-2011), the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), has been working to increase the number of women in decision-making positions and building their capacities for effective engagement and influence. UNIFEM draws together womens organizations, governments, the United Nations and the private sector to build partnerships that foster womens roles in governance.