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Introducing UN Women: The new UN entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

On July 2nd, 2010, the United Nations General Assembly voted unanimously to create a new entity for accelerating (or in some cases initiating) the progress of women and girls worldwide.

This entity is not so much a new creation, as a consolidation and uniting of four entities within the UN: Divison for the Advancement of Women, International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women, Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women and the United Nations Development Fund for women.

The new entity is the result of much campaign on the part of the Global women’s movement, so lets not stop campaigning until we’ve achieved what we’re after!

Not only does this mean very good things for women in the developing world, it is also an exciting sign that gender equality and diversity is increasingly on the agenda, and accepted as critical to national success. You can read more about the entity here.


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