United Nations Women

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, an organisation dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, merging and building upon the work, resources and mandates of four UN agencies: UNIFEM, DAW, INSTRAW and OSAGI, to achieve greater impact.

Gender equality is not only a basic human right, but its achievement has enormous socio-economic ramifications. Empowering women fuels thriving economies, spurring productivity and growth. The UN has made significant progress in advancing gender equality.  However, gender inequalities still remain deeply entrenched in every society. Women lack access to decent work and face occupational segregation and gender wage gaps. They are too often denied access to basic education and health care. Women in all parts of the world suffer from violence and discrimination, and continue to be under-represented in political and economic decision-making processes.

Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the UN Charter, the work of UN Women targets:

  • Elimination of discrimination against women and girls
  • Empowerment of women
  • Achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security

UN Women Presence in Bosnia and Herzegovina

UN Women opened a Project Office in Sarajevo in August 2008.  The Office is currently involved in the implementation of the following projects: Advancing the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in the Western Balkans; and Promoting Gender Responsive Policies in South East Europe.  The Office also assists in the implementation of projects supported by special funds, such as the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women and the UN Women Fund for Gender Equality.