United Nations, Particularly Relevant for Women
WomenWatch is a joint
initiative of the UN Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), the United Nations
Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), and the International Research and Training Institute
for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW). It is the UN Internet Gateway on the
advancement and empowerment of women and an evolving forum
on global women's issues in the follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing
1995). The WomenWatch Internet site provides up to date information on the UN's work on
behalf of the women of the world, the global agenda for improving the status of women and
constitutes an electronic space for exchange of information and ideas on women's issues.
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UN DAW: The UN Division for the Advancement of Women at http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw
DAW is part of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the United Nations
Secretariat. It advocates the improvement of the status of the women of the world and the
achievement of their equality with men. It aims to ensure the participation of women as
equal partners with men in all aspects of human endeavour. It promotes women as equal
participants and beneficiaries of sustainable development, peace and security, governance
and human rights. It strives to stimulate the mainstreaming of a gender perspective both
within and outside the United Nations system.
UNIFEM: The United Nations Development Fund for Women at http://www.undp.org/unifem/ promotes women's
empowerment and gender equality. It works to ensure the participation of women in all
levels of development planning and practice, and acts as a catalyst within the UN system,
supporting efforts that link the needs and concerns of women to all critical issues on the
national, regional and global agendas. UNIFEM focuses its work at the country level.
Playing a strong advocacy role, the Fund concentrates on fostering a multilateral policy
dialogue on women's empowerment.
INSTRAW: The United Nations International Reasearch and
Training Centre for the Advancement of Women at http://www.un.org/instraw
INSTRAW is an autonomous body of the United Nations established in accordance with the
Charter of the United Nations with a unique mandate to serve as a vehicle to promote and
undertake policy-oriented research and training programmes at the international level to
contribute to the advancement of women worldwide. Within this context INSTRAW plays a
critical role in efforts to achieve the global agenda of gender equality and sustainable
Its research studies, the reports of all its workshops, round tables and training
seminars, and training materials as well as general public information materials can be
found on the webpage at http://www.un.org/instraw.
UNDP Gender in Development Programme (GIDP): http://www.undp.org/gender
Also publishes a regular Email-Newsletter, GenderBeat. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for
subscriptions and past issues. Past issues are also available on the web-site.
CSW: The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
CEDAW: The United Nations Convention for the Elimination
of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women at http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw
United Nations / Gender Page, at http://www.undp.org/info21/sector/s-gender.html
Provides an overview of UN documents concerned with womens advancements and links to
other relevant programmes such as INSTRAW, UNIFEM, UN Womenwatch and UNESCO.
Research and Databases at WHO at http://www.who.int/frh-whd.
Part of the work done is to build up knowledge of methodologies used to measure violence
against women and its consequences, as well as risk and protective factors which will help
to identify interventions. The two main activities are a multi-country study on women's
health and violence, and a global database on violence against women and its health
consequences. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org