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Addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence – An Analytical Inventory of Peacekeeping Practice

Posted on January 1, 2010

Despite increased attention to the women, peace and security agenda since the UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 1325 in October 2000, major analytical and implementation gaps remain. One such gap is the effort to combat conflict-related sexual violence — the premise of subsequent Security Council resolutions 1820 and 1888 — and the potential of uniformed peacekeepers to help fight such violence. More

Agreed Conclusions of the Commission on the Status of Women on the Critical Areas of Concern of the Beijing Platform for Action 1996-2009

Posted on January 1, 2010

As the preparatory body for the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women was mandated by the General Assembly to play a central role in monitoring the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. More

Evaluation Report: United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women

Posted on January 1, 2010

Established in 1996 by a UN General Assembly Resolution, the UN Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women is a multilateral mechanism supporting national efforts to end violence against women and girls. It is administered by UNIFEM on behalf of the UN System. More

A Manager’s Guide to Gender Equality– and Human Rights–Responsive Evaluation

Posted on January 1, 2010

A Manager's Guide to Gender Equality- and Human Rights-Responsive Evaluation This practical, online guide aims to help those initiating, managing and/or using gender equality (GE)- and human rights (HR)-responsive evaluations. It is intended for all international development professionals who deliver or manage programmes and projects, including those whose primary focus is HR, GE and women's empowerment and those where HR/GE are mainstreamed or crosscutting. More

Brief on ‘How do donors collectively address gender issues in their aid management practices at country level?’

Posted on January 1, 2010

The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (PD) commits donors and partner countries to reform aid management and delivery in order to strengthen its development outcomes. Through the Declaration, development partners commit to implementing common arrangements for planning, funding, disbursing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting on donor activities and aid flows at country level. To respond to these requirements, donors have collectively put in place a number of mechanisms to better coordinate and manage aid. More

Brief on ‘How do Individual donors address gender Issues in their policy, programming, and financing?’

Posted on January 1, 2010

Donors, both individually and collectively, have made numerous commitments to advance gender equality through their official development assistance (ODA). For instance, the European Commission (EC) has acknowledged that gender equality is a fundamental human right and instrumental to achieving the MDGs. More

Democracy: With Women, For Women

Posted on January 1, 2010

democratic governance around the world. The following pages probe, in a concise fashion, what was achieved through seven grants to improve women's political participation in a diverse set of countries and regions. A series of project profiles, drawn from reports and independent evaluations, summarizes objectives and activities, results, challenges, lessons and ideas for future work. More

Evaluation Report: UNIFEM’s Work on Gender-Responsive Budgeting

Posted on January 1, 2010

Gender-Responsive Budgeting (GRB) has become an internationally acknowledged tool for supporting implementation of commitments towards achieving gender equality and the realization of women's rights. UNIFEM contributes extensively to building interest, capacity and commitment to incorporate a gender equality perspective in budgetary processes and practices. Since 2001, UNIFEM has supported GRB initiatives in more than 35 countries and has positioned itself as a leading player in GRB in the UN system. More

Gender Responsive Budgeting and Women’s Reproductive Rights: A Resource Pack

Posted on January 1, 2010

This resource pack provides relevant knowledge to facilitate mainstreaming gender-responsive approaches into reproductive health programmes, and the inclusion of specific aspects of gender inequality and disadvantage into national policy frameworks. More

Gender Responsive Budgeting in Practice: A Training Manual

Posted on January 1, 2010

This training manual was produced under a UNFPA/UNIFEM strategic partnership aimed at developing a coordinated approach for effective technical assistance to gender-responsive budgeting (GRB). It is intended to build capacity in the application of gender budget analysis. More

Evaluation Report: UNIFEM’s Partnerships with Regional Organizations to Advance Gender Equality

Posted on January 1, 2010

This evaluation analyses UNIFEM's Partnerships with Regional Organizations to Advance Gender Equality. This is one of three corporate evaluations undertaken by UNIFEM between 2008 and 2009, and it sets out to assess the relevance, effectiveness and sustainability of the organization's work with regional inter-governmental organizations globally, with an in-depth focus on Africa, Latin-America and the Caribbean. More

Gender Justice: Key to Achieving the Millennium Development Goals

Posted on January 1, 2010

The Millennium Declaration and the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) collectively herald a vision for a more just and equal world. Social, political and economic equality for women is integral to the achievement of all Millennium Development Goals. More

Gender-Responsive Budgeting in South Eastern Europe: UNIFEM Experiences

Posted on January 1, 2010

This publication captures lessons learned in the course of the UNIFEM project on gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) in South Eastern Europe (SEE). The project “Gender-responsive budgeting in South Eastern Europe: Advancing Gender Equality and Democratic Governance through Increased Transparency and Accountability was implemented in four countries - Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia, and Serbia - in the period August 2006 to June 2010. More

Ending Violence against Women and Girls: UNIFEM Strategy and Information Kit

Posted on January 1, 2010

This information kit succinctly presents UNIFEM's (part of UN Women) corporate strategy 2008-2013, A Life Free of Violence: Unleashing the Power of Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality, including flyers on select major initiatives, such as the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, Safe Cities for Women and Girls, the Virtual Global Knowledge Centre, and other priority areas of work, including the intersections of violence with HIV and sexual violence in conflict situations. More

Introduction to Gender Responsive Budgeting and Aid Effectiveness

Posted on January 1, 2010

This series of knowledge briefs was produced on the basis of research carried out under the European Commission-supported programme ‘Integrating Gender Responsive Budgeting into the Aid Effectiveness Agenda'. More

Knowledge briefs - GRB/Aid Effectiveness

Posted on January 1, 2010

This series of knowledge briefs available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese was produced on the basis of research carried out under a UNIFEM programme -Integrating Gender Responsive Budgeting into the Aid Effectiveness Agenda- funded by the European Commission. More

Making the MDGs Work Better for Women

Posted on January 1, 2010

It is now recognized that sustainable human development cannot be achieved without gender equality. Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 hinges on making tangible progress with regard to gender equality and women's empowerment, not only as a goal in itself (MDG3), but also in the achievement of all the other goals. More

Summaries of country reports

Posted on January 1, 2010

The following country summaries outline the main findings of the country research conducted under the European Commission (EC)/UNIFEM programme ‘Integrating Gender Responsive Budgeting into the Aid Effectiveness Agenda'. More

Getting It Right, Doing It Right: Gender and Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration

Posted on January 1, 2010

Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security is groundbreaking because of the breadth of its coverage - each paragraph relates to a sector of the international peace and security agenda of the Security Council, including peace negotiations, decision-making, refugee camps, mine-clearance and sanctions, in addition to disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR). More

Outreach: Stakeholder Forum Newsletter on the 2010 Climate Change Talks in Cancun

Posted on January 1, 2010

Outreach is a multi-stakeholder newsletter published by the Stakeholder Forum and co-sponsored by UNIFEM (part of UN Women). This particular series highlights the stakeholder perspectives daily during the Conference of Parties (COP16) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Cancun, Mexico, from 29 November to 10 December 2010. More

Pakistan Floods 2010 – Rapid Gender Needs Assessment of Flood-Affected Communities

Posted on January 1, 2010

Following the floods in the Summer of 2010 that have affected the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in Pakistan, UNIFEM is working to ensure that gender concerns are fully integrated into relief and recovery operations. More

Transforming the National AIDS Response: Advancing Women’s Leadership and Participation

Posted on January 1, 2010

Transforming the National AIDS Response: Advancing Women's Leadership and Participation is the second in a series of resource guides dedicated to highlighting strategies for incorporating gender equality and women's rights into national HIV and AIDS responses. This publication discusses various approaches for advancing women's leadership and meaningful participation of HIV-positive women in the AIDS response. More

(un)Equal Rights, (un)Equal Opportunities: 30 Years of CEDAW, 30 Stories of Women in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Posted on January 1, 2010

Although women's human rights have advanced in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), serious legal and cultural barriers in numerous aspects of women's daily life have prevented their rights from fully being realized. More

Guidance sheet on ‘How can aid be gender responsive in the context of the new aid modalities? Lessons from gender responsive budgeting initiatives’

Posted on January 1, 2010

The principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (PD) (2005) demonstrate a global commitment to reform aid management modalities, and improve the quality of aid so that it contributes to the achievement of collectively agreed development goals, such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). More

Thematic Paper on MDG3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

Posted on January 1, 2010

This paper is a chapter of a United Nations Development Group (UNDG) publication titled UNDG Millennium Development Goals Thematic Papers. The chapter focuses on Millennium Development Goal no. 3 (MDG3): Promote Gender Equality and Empoewr Women, and was produced collaboratively by UNDG members, led by UNIFEM and UNDP. More

UNIFEM Resources on Women, Peace and Security

Posted on January 1, 2010

UNIFEM (part of UN Women) has long been a partner to women in conflict-affected areas: bringing women together across geographic or political lines to agree on common positions in peace negotiations or post-conflict elections; supporting their engagement with security and justice institutions to stop impunity for violence against women; facilitating their inclusion in post-conflict planning processes to ensure their needs are addressed; and strengthening their engagement with peacekeeping forces to encourage creative responses to the considerable security threats women face. More

Women Count for Peace: The 2010 Open Days on Women, Peace and Security

Posted on January 1, 2010

At the heart of landmark UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security (2000) are commitments to enable women's contributions to all stages of peacebuilding, peacemaking, peacekeeping and conflict prevention. More

Women in Politics: 2010 (Map)

Posted on January 1, 2010

Published by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Division for the Advancement of Women, the map provides a visual representation of the percentage of women in politics throughout the world, including women in parliaments and ministerial positions, and as heads of State or Government. More