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Interview for Internal Voices

Internal Voices, the magazine made by and for UN and EU interns in Brussels, has interviewed me on the occasion of International Women’s Day. You can read my answers here.  Many thanks to @SigurdTvete for making it happen!

A New Force to be Reckoned With

As the first link in my previous post implies, global women’s issues are all but eliminated and a lot of work still needs to be done. Therefore I am more than happy to announce that the United Nations Organisation has taken an important step to further women’s equality and women’s rights all over the world.

On July 2nd, 2010, the General Assembly voted unanimously on founding a new U.N. agency devoted entirely to women’s issues. The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (short: UN Women) is combining four previously existing agencies, among them the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), and will be endowed with more funding and influence in the decision-making processes. Human Rights Watch states that “a key feature of the new agency is that it will be headed by an under-secretary-general, who will be a member of the secretary-general’s cabinet and will have access to the highest levels of decision-making at the United Nations.”

While creating a single and more powerful organisation for women’s rights has to be considered progress, this measure has taken no less than four years of negotiations between Western developed states and developing ones, “because of varying views on women’s rights and gender equality.” According to the New York Times, the U.N. is careful not to fall into the trap of Western hegemony, also by choosing the right candidate for the position of the director: “The basic criterion for the job, which is expected to be filled in September, is for someone seen as an international star from “the south,” so as not to give the impression that the Western world is thrusting its concept of women’s rights on the rest. The favorite so far is Michelle Bachelet, the former president of Chile.”

You can read about the work and goals of UN Women here: http://www.unwomen.org/