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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  • June 21, 2010

    NPR: "In Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai wants to talk with Taliban fighters who choose to denounce violence as way to end the eight-year war in his country. But Afghan women activists say engaging the Taliban would be a setback for women's...


  • June 15, 2010

    UNIFEM: Pakistani women met with the UN Secretary-General for Assistance to Pakistan to convey key messages that included equal represenation in peace negotiations, a policy of zero tolerance to sexual and gender-based violence and that women’...


  • April 4, 2010

    At the start of Women's History Month in March, Margot Wallstrom began her two-year assignment to stop sexual violence from being used as a tactic in war--as a matter of global security.

    Her job calls on her to implement U.N. Resolution 1888,...


  • March 12, 2010

    As the two-week meeting on gender empowerment concluded at U.N. headquarters Friday, there were several lingering questions crying out for answers.

    Were there any commitments to protect the universality of women's...


  • March 10, 2010

    Whenever gender empowerment is a topic of international discussion, countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America are invariably singled out for their success stories in politics, education, health care or civil liberties even as...