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Women’s Rights: 4 Agencies into one at the UN

The United Nations has just announced that it will be consolidating  four disparate organizations devoted to women’s/gender issues into a single entity.

The resolution means the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Division for the Advancement of Women, the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW) will be merged.”

The aim is for the new body to provide a more streamlined, coherent and “robust” promotion  of  “the well-being of women, ” gender equality and female empowerment around the world.

As yet the new organization lacks a formal “mission, structure, funding (or) oversight” but Secretary General  Ban Ki-moon has been tasked to provide these so that the body can be formed “as soon as possible.”

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