Gender Mainstreaming is a globally accepted strategy for promoting gender equality. Mainstreaming involves ensuring that gender perspectives and attention to the goal of gender equality are central to all activities.
Focal point for Women
The Focal Point was mandated to monitor the status of women in the United Nation's System, and report on progress to the Secretary General.
The Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE) is a network of gender focal points in UN entities. The Network is chaired by the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women. IANWGE monitors and oversees the mainstreaming of a gender perspective in the programmatic, normative and operational work of the UN system.
Women, peace and security
The adoption of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security marked an important step toward increasing the participation of women and bringing gender perspectives to the centre of all United Nations peace-making, peacekeeping, peace-building and reconstruction efforts.
SG's campaign UNiTE
UN Women coordinates the global commemoration of emblematic days for the advancement of women. The United Nations observance of International Women’s Day is generally commemorated in close coordination with the annual session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). It is addressed by the Secretary-General and high-level officials from Member States, private sector and civil society who advocate for furthering the agenda of women’s rights. A number of highly visible activities are planned at the Headquarters to raise awareness of the situation of women around the world and women’s contributions to development, security and peace.
International Women’s day
2010: Equal rights, equal opportunities progress for all
2009: Women and men united to end violence against women and girls
2008: Investing in women and girls
2007: Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls
2006: Women in Decision-making, Meeting Challenges, Creating Change
2005: Gender Equality Beyond 2005: Building A More Secure Future
2004: Women and HIV/AIDS
2003: Gender Equality and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
International day for the elimination of violence against women
In 1999, the UN General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions. The Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women supports the Secretary-General in organizing and the Headquarters annual observance of the Day, and in coordinating the related system-wide commemorative activities.
2009: International Day for the elimination of violence against Women
2008: International Day for the elimination of violence against Women
2007: Say no to violence against women
2005: International day for the elimination of violence against women