United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

Fonds de développement des Nations Unies pour la femme
Fondo de Desarrollo de las Naciones Unidas para la Mujer

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16 Dec 1976, under resolution 31/133 of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) and in accordance with resolution 1850 (LVI), 16 May 1974, of United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), following International Women's Year, 1975, and commencement of United Nations Decade for Women. Original title: Voluntary Fund for the United Nations Decade for Women (VFDW) - Fonds de contributions volontaires pour la Décennie des Nations Unies pour la femme, Current title adopted 1985, when became a separate and identifiable entity in autonomous association with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in the framework of United Nations System - UN General Assembly resolution 39/125. Ceased to exist following UN resolution 64/289 to merge UNIFEM with Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW) and Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI) to create UN Women, 2 July 2010.


Promote women's empowerment, rights and gender equality globally; support innovative and experimental activities benefiting women in line with national and regional priorities; serve as a catalyst, with the goal of ensuring the appropriate involvement of women in mainstream development activities, as often as possible at the pre-investment stage; play an innovative and catalytic role in relation to the United Nations' overall system of development cooperation.

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Provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programmes and strategies to foster women's empowerment and gender equality. Placing the advancement of women's human rights at the centre of all of its efforts, UNIFEM focuses its activities on 4 strategic areas: (1) reducing feminized poverty; (2) ending violence against women; (3) reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS among women and girls; (4) achieving gender equality in democratic governance in times of peace as well as war. Currently supports women in development activities in over 100 countries and is active in all regions and at different levels. It works with countries to formulate and implement laws and policies to eliminate gender discrimination and promote gender equality in such areas as land and inheritance rights, decent work for women and ending violence against women. It also aims to transform institutions to make them more accountable to gender equality and women's rights, to strengthen the capacity and voice of women's rights advocates, and to change harmful and discriminatory practices in society. UNIFEM's work framed by 2 international agreements: Beijing Platform for Action resulting from the 4th World Conference on Women, 1995, Beijing (China); Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Manages: UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund).


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 46 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 120 non-governmental organizations.
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Subjects *

  • Society
    • Women
    • Sex-Related Questions
  • Commerce
    • Funds
  • International Relations
    • United Nations
  • Development
    • Development
  • Peace
    • Equality

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 10: Reduced Inequality



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