Sunday, July 11, 2010

UN Women

The United Nations voted on July 2nd to create an office to promote gender equality and female empowerment. This is a step into the future, a future where women have greater say in society and are treated equally. The newly established organization, called the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (wow! What a name!) but for short it's called UN Women, has two main goals. First, to develop global standards and policies which they want to eventually be accepted by all nations. Secondly, UN Women aims to uphold these policies and provide assistance to countries who are trying to maintain these standards. UN Women is also the combination of four separate former UN organizations which were for the advancement of women thus they also get an even bigger budget then expected; $500 million. Lets just hope that they put this money to good use and make some changes! Also I couldn't resist using a photograph of Eleanor Roosevelt, she after all did help to write the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was adopted by the UN. Plus I know she would have been ecstatic to see the progression of women's rights and the creation of UN Women.

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