United Nations Women
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, an organisation dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, merging and building upon the work, resources and mandates of four UN agencies: UNIFEM, DAW, INSTRAW and OSAGI, to achieve greater impact.
Gender equality is not only a basic human right, but its achievement has enormous socio-economic ramifications. Empowering women fuels thriving economies, spurring productivity and growth. The UN has made significant progress in advancing gender equality. However, gender inequalities still remain deeply entrenched in every society. Women lack access to decent work and face occupational segregation and gender wage gaps. They are too often denied access to basic education and health care. Women in all parts of the world suffer from violence and discrimination, and continue to be under-represented in political and economic decision-making processes.
Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the UN Charter, the work of UN Women targets:
- Elimination of discrimination against women and girls
- Empowerment of women
- Achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
UN Women in Sudan
UN Women has been active since 2006, and works in partnership with the Ministry of Welfare and Social Security, civil society organizations, academic institutions, UN Agencies and other national and international partners. The development objective for 2013 is Consolidating Efforts that Contribute to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Sudan in 5 focus areas :
- women’s participation in governance,
- the integration of gender equality priorities into peace building initiatives,
- the implementation of strategies and mechanisms for ending violence against women,
- gender responsive budgeting and
- women’s economic empowerment.