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Gender Mainstreaming

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

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign aims to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.

Statement by the Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser, Rachel Mayanja

I extend my sincere congratulations to all those whose unending commitment has led to the establishment of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women -- UN Women. The United Nations has acquired a new strong voice on gender equality and women’s empowerment at Headquarters and at the country level. As the Secretary-General noted in his message commemorating the founding of the new entity, “the establishment of UN Women does more than consolidate United Nations offices, it consolidates United Nations strengths”. We must continue to lean on these strengths as we strive to sharpen the vision and work of UN Women in the coming years.

We would not have reached this point without the determination and commitment of Member States, who encouraged and guided the Secretariat to clarify its vision and ideas for the new entity.

I extend my personal congratulations to my colleagues in the United Nations system, especially to those from the four women specific entities to be combined. Through the Interagency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE), which I chair, we worked together from the early days to objectively assess the strengths and weaknesses of the existing gender architecture and make recommendations for reform. This work, led by the Deputy Secretary-General, formed the basis for the historic adoption of resolutions A/63/311 and eventually of A/64/L.56.

I extend my heartfelt gratitude to civil society leaders and representatives, in particular the Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR) campaign, for their unswerving commitment, advice and perseverance. UN Women would not have been born without you, and its success, especially on the ground, will depend heavily on your support.

Above all, the establishment of UN Women would not have occurred without the unflinching determination of the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General, who have made gender equality and the empowerment of women one of their top priorities.

It is indeed a momentous and historic day for women and girls everywhere. IANWGE, DAW and OSAGI, are committed to transforming this historic moment into a lifetime of achievements for women and girls through the work of UN Women.


Rachel Mayanja