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UN Women

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The National reports that after 65 years, the United Nations has ” created a new agency dedicated to promoting women’s rights and involvement in development, peacemaking, politics and economic activity.”

This new agency, which will phase out 4 pre-existing ones (Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women; the Division for the Advancement of Women; the UN Development Fund for Women; and the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women) has an opperating budget of $500 million- although advocates hoped for $1 billion.

Aptly named “UN Women”, the agency is currently all potential. According to the National, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon needs to make the important decision of choosing a leader to ensure that the new entity’s great potential can be harnessed into great change and progress for women worldwide.

Check out the article…do you think that UN Women will be an effective means of change? Will it work? Will it fail?


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