The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also known as UN Women, is a United Nations entity working for the empowerment of women.
UN Women became operational in January 2011. President of Chile Michelle Bachelet was the inaugural Executive Director, and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is the current Executive Director. As with UNIFEM previously, UN Women is a member of the United Nations Development Group. (Wikipedia)
Topic: Supporting the Involvement of Women in Governance and Decision-Making
UN-Women plays a unique role within the United Nations as it serves as the primary organ to promote gender equality, women’s empowerment, and women’s rights as cross cutting issues related to development. UN-Women works to formulate new standards and norms within the UN system and to support Member States in adapting to these standards.
Strengthening women’s political participation is essential for achieving gender equality. Giving women decision making power furthers women’s advancement, effectively reduces poverty, enhances economic and social development, and ultimately reinforces peace.295 Equal and full political and public participation calls for women’s engagement in legislative, judiciary, and executive authorities. There is a history of strong, organized policy making effort to empower women in social, economic, and political spheres by intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), national governments, parliaments, political parties, unions, civil society, and grassroots movements.
The third MDG, Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women, has led to significant progress in the empowerment of women. One indicator looks at the progress in political participation by the proportion of seats held by women in national parliaments. This way, MDG 3 is a helpful tool for established NGOs and local civil society organizations (CSOs) advocating for women’s equal political status to hold governments directly accountable for female representation in their legislative and executive bodies. Advocates call for more political will and investment of resources in order to achieve the goal. Consequently, national development agendas acknowledge gender inequality as a problem, the importance of gender-sensitive and inclusive policy programs, and the need to monitor achievements within the framework of the MDGs. The third MDG has made an overall positive impact and strengthened women’s rights to full participation in all spheres of life over the last 15 years.
Member States are failing to implement policies to ensure gender-balance within their political systems. Together with other international actors, UN-Women engages in policy dialogues to promote gender equality in national agendas. For many of the necessary steps towards gender equality, socialization is a crucial factor. Discrimination, gender role stereotypes, and denying women autonomous access to public life often lie not only within discriminatory law but also cultural and religious beliefs that then become a barrier to empowerment. The promotion of women’s empowerment not only increases levels of political involvement and economic growth, but also levels of education and health by fighting poverty, hunger, and disease within the female population.404 Once women assume leadership positions, they integrate another perspective into policies and may better articulate women’s interests, including the commitment for equal rights for men and women at all levels in all spheres of life.
Saania Munawar, who is a 3rd year Undergraduate student, studying International Relations and Peace Studies from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan. She took her transfer to Trinity College, Dublin and will continue her graduation from there, for the same. She has chaired and co-chaired MUNs at both International and National levels.
She has also represented India in the Youth Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. She is currently also interning with the Government of India and is the WWF Ambassador for 2019. She has done an online course at the University of Oxford and is currently doing one at the Harvard University. she aspires to be a diplomat to the UN and do her part for the change she wishes to see in the world.
Chair- UN Women
WELL BEHAVED WE MAKE HISTORY
Awaiting to meet you all at Elba Ariana International Model United Nations (EAIMUN).
Doctor of medicine in progress, I’m from Karachi, Pakistan and so grateful to have you all there at this amazing platform specially.
EAIMUN’19 is a conference where your leadership skill Participants develop confidence and leadership skills through experience. It brings opportunities to practice research, public speaking, teamwork, negotiation, and writing skills in a safe and structured environment.
From my personal experience what I capitalize on challenges are what make life interesting. When everything seems to be going against you remember that airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
I welcome you all to the hittest conference of this year delegates! Be mannerly polite with your fellows and dais, Be with logical arguments. I hope it will be your outstanding and choicest committee.
I would like to Thank to the amazing and fabulous team EAIMUN’19 best wishes from Pakistan!
Roha Anees Siddiqui
Co-Chair UN Women
EAIMUN 2019, Kabul, Afghanistan