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...


  • July 27, 2012

    The International AIDS Conference comes to Washington, D.C., the American city with a higher AIDS infection rate than many African countries.

  • July 11, 2012

    Saudi Arabia says that no Saudi women have qualified for the Olympics, as no female athlete has taken part in the country's qualifying events. Saudi Arabia severely restricts women in public life.

  • July 11, 2012

    London 2012 will be the first Olympics to which every nation sends a female competitor and in which women are not barred from any sport.

  • July 10, 2012

    Contraceptive use saves the lives of more than a quarter of million women each year, either from death in childbirth or unsafe abortions, according to estimates published in the Lancet. 

  • June 25, 2012

    At the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development, female leaders argue that reproductive health links to everything from poverty to food security to climate change and beyond.