Chair: Vielka Ebadan
Secretary: Shane Enriquez
On July 2, 2010, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously voted to create a single UN body tasked with accelerating progress in achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment. The new UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women – or UN Women – was created in order to reduce gender inequality and promote and protect the inalienable rights of women.
Gender is a primary marker of social and economic stratification and, as a result, of exclusion. Gender inequality is a characteristic of most societies, with males on average better positioned in social, economic, and political hierarchies. However, it is not perpetuated exclusively through differential access to and control over material resources; gender norms and stereotypes reinforce gendered identities and constrain the behaviour of women and men in ways that lead to inequality.
The United Nations is now focusing its global development work on the recently-developed 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Women have a critical role to play in all of the SDGs, with many targets specifically recognizing women’s equality and empowerment as both the objective, and as part of the solution.
1. The Feminization of Poverty
2. Measures to Evaluate Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Prisons
3. The Rights of Female Refugees and Migrants