UN Women was created by the United Nations General Assembly in July 2010. Its official designation is the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
From their website –
The main roles of UN Women are:
- To support inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms.
- To help Member States to implement these standards, standing ready to provide suitable technical and financial support to those countries that request it, and to forge effective partnerships with civil society.
- To hold the UN system accountable for its own commitments on gender equality, including regular monitoring of system-wide progress.
“COMMIT” is their current initiative pressuring governments around the world to promise to end violence against women and girls. As of the writing of this blog post, only sixteen governments have made the promise. Check the map on the web page and pressure your own government if it is not included.
The entity also administers the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, providing grants and working with governments, non-governmental organizations, and UN country teams. Their work includes empowerment of groups at risk, engagement of strategic groups, assistance to those affected, and strengthening policies and institutions.
The Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, supports One Billion Rising. In this video she explains her reasons for rising.