Globalization, Human Rights & Security

International organizations and multilateral financial institutions play important roles in advancing the status of women and girls worldwide. The United Nations and its agencies, such as the UN Development Program, UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA and others, have made strides in efforts to “mainstream” gender initiatives throughout their policies and programs. The UN General Assembly passed a resolution in September 2009 to unify the four main organizations for gender equality into one unified entity. The new agency will unite UNIFEM, the DESA Division for the Advancement of Women, the Office of the Special Advisor on Gender Issues, and INSTRAW under one roof. This move aims to strengthen international support for gender equality, reduce bureaucratic redundancies and inefficiencies as well as improve accountability a and oversight . There is also a call for increased participation by civil society in monitoring governments and international organizations to ensure that their respective programs are actually improving the lives of women and girls.

Critical Issue: Haiti: Gender Dimension of Humanitarian Relief Efforts

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Margot Baruch, an NCRW AMEX Fellow, recently posted a blog analyzing the newly established UN Women program. She writes that in order “for UN...
By Alissa Vladimir*On Saturday, February 26, women’s human rights leaders, scholars, and advocates gathered at The New School to discuss...
By Kyla Bender-BairdStarting off their mornings with some light economic policy talk, people crowded into the Drew Room at the UN Church Center on...
On September 23, 2010, UN delegates gathered to call for an end to human rights violations directed againg LGBT people.  According to this...

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  • October 20, 2010

    WeNews: Rape in the Congo is increasingly being used as a weapon of war. In response, the U.N. is launching a new sexual violence training program for peacekeepers in order to prevent future attacks. 


  • September 16, 2010

     CNN:  "According to the...


  • September 14, 2010

    Ms. Magazine: Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has been appointed as the new head of UN Women, which consolidates four UN bodies on women’s issues. 
A long-time advocate for women's rights, Bachelet is a supporter of abortion, gender...


  • September 13, 2010

    UN: In Haiti, there has been a rise in gender and sexual violence since January's earthquake made over a million people homeless.  The United Nations has launched a new program to prevent rape and sexual assault in Haiti that includes training...


  • July 7, 2010

    Ms.: After four years, the U.N. has created a new office to be called the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), which...