GFW Celebrates Creation of ‘UN Women’ After Four Years of Advocacy

The Global Fund joins hands with the Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR) campaign to celebrate the approval for the creation of UN Women, the new gender equality entity at the UN.This new agency is poised to be a larger, more coherent and coordinated UN agency to advance women’s rights.

The GEAR campaign comprises a network of over 300 women’s, human rights and social justice groups around the world, including several sister groups and grantees of the Global Fund. GFW Board Member and founding member of the GEAR campaign Charlotte Bunch stated in a news release, “We have high expectations for this new agency to be a solid foundation for advancing the human rights of women as central to global policy efforts to reduce poverty and move toward greater realization of peace and democracy in the world.   The coalition of women’s groups and other social justice, human rights and development organizations that played a pivotal role in this effort will now turn its efforts toward ensuring that the new body has the human and financial resources necessary to succeed.”  This move has been sought by women’s organizations and other civil society organizations around the world since the UN established a System-Wide Coherence Panel for UN Reform in 2006.

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