Creation of New UN Gender Entity

On July 2, 2010 the General Assembly voted unanimously to create a dynamic new entity called UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). The new entity brings together four United Nations offices focusing on gender equality; UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues, and the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW). The GEAR campaign, a network made up by over 300 women´s organization and other civil society organizations have played an essential role in the efforts of the formation of the new body. UN Women is scheduled to become operational in January 2011. One of the main goals of UN Women will be to support the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and other inter-governmental bodies in formulating policies.

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