Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Michelle Bachelet named Under-Secretary-General for new UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet was named today by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to head the newly-established UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, known as UN Women. The UN press release about the announcement is here.
The new entity, which was established by a unanimous General Assembly vote on July 2 and is due to become operational in January 2011, merges four existing UN offices into one (see prior IntLawGrrls post here): UNIFEM, INSTRAW, DAW and OSAGI.
The UN Women website has some great intro information for those wishing to learn more about this new entity and the work it will be undertaking:
  • FAQs about UN Women
  • Facts and Figures on such areas as poverty and the economy; power and decision-making; media; armed conflict; health; and much more.

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