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.

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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...

News

  • February 6, 2012

     A new action plan opens far-reaching possibilities to improve the security of women and the world. With some caution, women’s peace advocates plan to monitor its implementation.


  • February 4, 2012

      As UN Women celebrated its first birthday, its executive director Michelle Bachelet stressed that political upheveal and shrinking budgets are no excuse to push back the hard-won gains made by the women's movement globally.


  • January 13, 2012

     Hillary Clinton is well known for her statement that "women's rights are human rights." So it would seem that the last place she would expect resistance to her foreign policy agenda would be from women's rights organizations.


  • December 26, 2011

     That Delhi is India's rape capital is a fact repeatedly stressed by crime statistics, but recent studies show safer streets could help to make the city safer for women. Research by Jagori, with the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women,...


  • December 5, 2011

     Conditions in women prisons’ and services offered to women prisoners have considerably improved in the past 10 years, but there is still “a lot of work to do,” according to a newly released “Guide for Working in Women...