International Organizations

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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Civil Rights Legend Dorothy Height Passes

WASHINGTON (April 20) – Dorothy Irene Height, long-time civil rights activist, chair and president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and "godmother of the women's movement," died of natural causes 3:41 a.m. Tuesday, April 20, at Howard University Hospital, 27 days after her 98th birthday.

CEDAW: Time to Get the US on Board

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04/29/2010

Come and learn why US ratification of CEDAW matters to women in this country and around the world and what you can do to help make it a reality. The women of the world are watching to see if we will join with them or stay in the company of the handful of other countries (Sudan, Somalia, Iran and a few smaller nations) who have not joined in this international cooperative effort for women's equality.

Women’s Control over Economic Resources and Access to Financial Resources, including Microfinance

This World Survey of the Role of Women in Development, published by DESA in Oct. 2009, addresses the ability of women to control and access economic and financial resources such as land, housing, employment, and social protection.

"Long-standing inequalities in the gender distribution of economic and financial resources have placed women at a disadvantage relative to men in their capability to participate
in, contribute to and benefit from broader processes of development. Despite considerable
progress on many aspects of women’s economic empowerment...deeply entrenched inequality persists as a result of discriminatory norms and practices, and the pace of change has been slow and uneven across regions. Women continue to be absent from key decision-making forums shaping the allocation of economic and financial resources and opportunities, which further perpetuates gender inequality."

URL: 
http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/public/WorldSurvey2009.pdf

Web site for DESA (UN Dept. of Economic & Social Affairs)

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) addresses global issues including poverty reduction, gender equality, indigenous rights, macroeconomic policy, and development finance.  DESA’s mission - to promote development for all - reflects a fundamental concern for global equity and equality.

DESA's Web site includes fact sheets, articles, and reports on its varied activities and projects around the world.  Gender equality, social development, and sustainable development are among the major topic areas featured on the Web site.

URL: 
http://www.un.org/desa/

Women, Health & the Environment

This special issue of Our Planet, published by the United Nations Environmental Programme, underlines women's unique vulnerability to environment-related health problems, from water and sanitation issues to ones of indoor air pollution.

URL: 
http://www.unep.org/ourplanet/imgversn/152/images/Our_Planet_15.2.pdf

UNDP Resource Guide on Gender & Climate Change

This Resource Guide on Gender and Climate Change presents principal conceptual and methodological advances on gender relations in the context of climate change, with the overall objective of providing guidelines for actors, practitioners and consumers in this relatively new programme area.

URL: 
http://content.undp.org/go/cms-service/download/asset/?asset_id=1854911

Iraqi Refugees: Women’s Rights and Security Critical to Returns

The Iraqi refugee crisis is far from over and recent violence is creating further displacement. Iraqi women will resist returning home, even if conditions improve in Iraq, if there is no focus on securing their rights as women and assuring their personal security and their families’ well being.

URL: 
http://www.refugeesinternational.org/policy/field-report/iraqi-refugees-womens-rights-and-security-critical-returns
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