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In 2014, the Inspection and Evaluation Division of the Office of Internal Oversight Services undertook an evaluation of UN Women’s normative work. The objective of the evaluation was to determine, as systematically and objectively as possible, the relevance and effectiveness of UN Women in achieving its mandate in support of gender equality through normative support work and its link with operational activities.
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Violence against women and girls is an unacceptable violation of basic human rights. It also is so widespread that ending it must be a public health priority. An estimated one in three women is beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused by an intimate partner during her lifetime. Intimate partner violence has been shown to increase the risk of HIV infection by around 50 per cent, and violence (and the fear of violence) deters women and girls from seeking services for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.
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The purpose of this handbook is to provide national human right institutions with tools and guidance on how to integrate reproductive rights into their work.
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The findings of this assessment indicates that gender-related barriers pose significant obstacles to the uptake of services that prevent new HIV infections among children and keep mothers alive—obstacles that require urgent attention. Without dedicated attempts to overcome these gender-related barriers, current efforts will meet with limited success, and the needs and rights of both women and children will remain compromised.
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The Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review of Operational Activities for Development (QCPR) was adopted by the General Assembly on 21 December 2012. It provides intergovernmental direction for the UN system’s operational activities for development, especially at the country level over the period 2013 – 2017. The QCPR resolution puts a strong emphasis on accountability, while underscoring the importance of ensuring system-wide coherence in both programmatic and operational terms. It also reaffirms the findings of the evaluation of the Delivering as One (DaO) initiative, namely that system-wide coherence helps to promote greater attention to, and focus on, gender equality and the empowerment of women in the UN system’s programming, advocacy and policy work at a national level.
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The State of World Population 2012 explains why family planning is a right, examines the challenges in ensuring that all women, men and young people are able to exercise that right and suggests actions that governments and international organizations can take to give everyone the power and the means to decide freely and responsibly how many children to have and when to have them.
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Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC) resolution on mainstreaming a gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the United Nations system.
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Pursuant to resolution 65/190 of the General Assembly, the present report provides information on measures by Member States and activities within the United Nations system to tackle trafficking in women and girls. Conclusions are drawn and specific recommendations for future action made.
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This report reviews efforts to enhance the coherence, effectiveness, efficiency and impact of the United Nations operational activities for development. The report highlights a number of achievements and notes areas here further progress is required. Advancement on some issues hinges on the ctions of Member States. There is also the need for the organization to adapt to the changing development landscape and to reposition operational activities o the United Nations system in order to better avail itself of partnership oportunities as well as to operationalize development norms and frameworks. The report recognizes that the establishment of UN Women has begun to reinvigorate implementation of the gender equality and women’s empowerment agenda within the United Nations system.
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The present report, submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 64/140, reviews the activities undertaken by Member States and United Nations entities to empower rural women and contains recommendations for consideration by the Assembly.
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Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC) resolution on mainstreaming a gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the United Nations system.
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The High-Level Meeting on AIDS took place in 2011. More than 30 Heads of State, Government and Vice-Presidents attended the meeting. On the final day of the High-Level Meeting on AIDS, UN Member States adopted a resolution which will guide country responses to HIV over the next five years.
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A progress report to World Health Assembly World Health Organization (WHO), 2011.
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This progress report examines a plan to tackle problems of poor nutrition through awareness campaigns and policies involving health, education and agriculture.
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Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on the follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women and full implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcome of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly.
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Studies indicate that the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has changed in a number of ways. Most encouragingly, the practice is declining. This can be observed when looking at data from countries in which at least two surveys are available, showing that the prevalence has reduced in a number of countries.
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The Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health presented an advance copy of its final report, “Keeping Promises, Measuring Results”. The report recommends a 10-point accountability framework to increase the likelihood that the USD $40 billion pledges made towards the Strategy for Women's and Children's Health are honoured and spent in the most effective way to save lives.
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This report examines a number of success stories in the fight against HIV. Examples come from countries such as Zimbabwe, Myanmar, Nigeria and the Caribbean region.
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Case studies from Ethiopia, Malawi, Nepal, and Rwanda: The case studies highlight policy innovations to improve and accelerate access to sexual and reproductive health, improved outcomes, and continuing actions to achieve universal access.
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The present report examines the extent to which women’s and girls’ access to and participation in formal and non-formal education and training translate into full employment and decent work. It provides recommendations for consideration by the Commission on the Status of Women.