The overall goal of the programme is to: “increase the volume and effective use of aid and domestic resources to implement national commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment (GE/WE).”
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system, which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment:
- - Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW)
- - International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW)
- - Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI)
- - United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
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.
ender 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.
UN Women, among other issues, works for the:
- - elimination of discrimination against women and girls;
- - empowerment of women; and
- - achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
What we do in Ukraine
The Global Programme “Increasing Accountability in Financing for Gender Equality” (FfGE) seeks to address challenges to financing and accountability for implementation of gender equality (GE) commitments. The programme is implemented by UN Women in collaboration with ITC/ILO and with support from the EC and the government of Spain. The programme is implemented in 15 countries (in addition to limited capacity development activities in Zambia) over a period of 42 months starting October 2011. The programme seeks to influence financing decisions and practices of donors and national partners through working with a diverse array of national and international stakeholders.