The new United Nations agency promoting women’s rights started off with a three day long executive board meeting in New York this week. At the first day of the meeting Norwegian Ambassador to the UN Morten Wetland presented the statement on behalf of the Nordic countries. Together these five countries make out the largest donor group to the new UN agency.
Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet laid out five thematic priorities for UN Women; in line with Norwegian gender discrimination policies.
- expanding women’s voice, leadership and participation
- ending violence against women
- ensuring women’s full participation in conflict resolution
- enhancing women’s economic empowerment
- gender equality priorities central to national, local and sectoral planning and budgeting.
Bachelet was met by full support at the first executive board meeting.
UN Women is set to receive a large boost in funding, eventually reaching $500 million over two years. UN Women will be the largest entity ever devoted to eliminating gender discrimination.