In India since: 1988 (as UNIFEM)
About: The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates on gender equality and women’s empowerment for greater impact. In India, UN Women works closely with the Government of India and civil society to set national standards for achieving gender equality. UN Women works to strengthen women’s economic empowerment through its support to women farmers, and manual scavengers. Another priority is to end violence in all its forms – from domestic violence to trafficking to violence in public places. UN Women advocates for greater participation of women in politics and decision-making, and works with planning bodies such as NITI Aayog to ensure that policies and budgets reflect the needs of women. As part of its work on peace and security, UN Women trains peacekeepers to detect and stop conflict-related sexual violence. In Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka, UN Women works in coordination with the United Nations system, governments and civil society to ensure that women become equal partners in development.
Location: New Delhi
Focus Areas: Ending Violence against Women; Promoting Women’s Leadership and Participation; National Planning and Budgeting; Women’s Economic Empowerment; Peace and Security.
Nodal Ministries: Ministry of Women and Child Development
Flagship Publication/s: Progress of the World’s Women