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Young UN Women Australia (Melbourne Committee)

Young UN Women Australia (Melbourne Committee)

When we empower women, we empower communities, nations and the entire human family.
UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon

I imagine a future where gender equality is understood by everyone as part of the foundation of justice, development and democracy.
UN Women Executive Director, Michelle Bachelet

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. As part of the UN reform agenda, the new entity was established to improve the focus and impact of the gender equality activities of the United Nations system. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organisation’s goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

UN Women merged and built upon the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment:

1. Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW);
2. International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW);
3. Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI); and
4. United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).

UN Women is governed by a Chief Executive Board that provides intergovernmental, policy and operational support, and reports annually to the General Assembly on programs and activities. It is funded by the regular budget, approved by the General Assembly.

The Head of UN Women is Under-Secretary General, former President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet.

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Website: http://www.unwomen.org.au/

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