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.

Global Private Sector Leaders Forum, Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment

The Global Private Sector Leaders Forum is a group of influencial businesspeople and companies committed to promoting women’s economic empowerment. These leaders understand the importance of women’s contributions to business profitability and to the communities in which they operate. They are creating economic opportunities for women as an integral part of core business, community engagement and corporate diversity and inclusion.
 

URL: 
http://pslforum.worldbankgroup.org/

Gender Equality as Smart Economics: First Year Progress Report (January 2007- January 2008)

This report provides the first update of Gender Equality as Smart Economics: A World
Bank Group Gender Action Plan (GAP), a year after implementation began in January
2007. The plan commits the Bank Group to ‘do more’ to help achieve gender equality by
more fully utilizing its comparative advantage in the economic sectors and in analytical
work.
The plan’s objective is to advance women’s economic empowerment in Bank client
countries to promote shared growth and accelerate implementation of MDG3. It does so
by making markets work for women (at the policy level) and empowering women to
compete in markets (at the individual level), focusing on four key markets: land, labor,
agriculture, and finance, and on infrastructure, which underpins access to all markets. It
has a four-year time frame (FY07-FY11) and four main activities or ‘windows:’

URL: 
http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTGENDER/Resources/GAPProgressReportFeb26_2008.pdf

Reaching Common Grounds: Culture, Gender and Human Rights, Equality and Empowering Women

This chapter outlines the United Nations’ work toward promoting gender equality, including the Beijing Platform for Action. The report also describes the obstacles women still face today, with an emphasis on cultural impediments. A list of recommendations for future action coincides with a list of lessons learned.
 

URL: 
http://www.unfpa.org/swp/2008/en/03_promoting_gender_equality.html

Innovative Approach to Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment

The publication focuses on three core dimensions of women’s economic empowerment, namely: economic opportunity; legal status; and voice, inclusion and participation in economic decision-making.
 

URL: 
http://www.undp.org/women/publications.shtml

Gender Equality as Smart Economics: A World Bank Group Gender Action Plan, Fiscal Years 2007-2010

This Action Plan seeks to advance women’s economic empowerment in the World Bank Group’s client countries in order to promote shared growth and accelerate the implementation of Millennium Development Goal 3 (MDG3- promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment). The Plan would commit the World Bank to intensify and scale up gender mainstreaming in the economic sectors over four years, in partnership with client countries, donors, and other development agencies. The Bank group and its partners would increase resources devoted to gender issues in operations and technical assistance, in Results-Based Initiatives (RBIs), and in policy-relevant research and statistics. An assessment at the end of the four-year period would determine whether to extend the Action Plan’s timeframe.
 

URL: 
http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTGENDER/Resources/GAPNov2.pdf

Passport to Equality

The Passport to Equality is a document that presents, explains, and reproduces the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in the form of a personal passport.
 

URL: 
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0014/001475/147507e.pdf
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