UN Women

UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programs and services needed to implement these standards. It stands behind women's equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on five priority areas: increasing women's leadership and participation; ending violence against women; engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes; enhancing women's economic empowerment; and making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting.

UN Women Mission

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system, which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment:

  • Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW)
  • International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW)
  • Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI)
  • United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

The main roles of UN Women are:

  • To support inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms.
  • To help Member States to implement these standards, standing ready to provide suitable technical and financial support to those countries that request it, and to forge effective partnerships with civil society.
  • To hold the UN system accountable for its own commitments on gender equality, including regular monitoring of system-wide progress.
UN Women programmes

In 2010 a new program in Moldova "Women's Economic Empowerment through increasing Employability in the Republic of Moldova" was launched by UN Women, which is being jointly implemented with Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family (MLSPF) and Ministry of Economy (ME) supported financially by the Government of Sweden, Swedish International Development Agency (Sida).

Program's Development Objective: Women in rural and sub-urban areas of the Republic of Moldova are informed, empowered and able to better benefit of their social and economic rights.

This program is primarily aimed at addressing the needs of the rural and sub-urban population, especially poor women, with special focus on employment, economic empowerment and social protection areas. This will be achieved through different activities at different levels:

The programme will be implemented during the period of 2010-2013 at local and national level. Women, key service providers, national and local public authorities and media institutions represent the target group of the programme. Up to 28 rayons of the republic will be covered with activities till the end of the planned period.

Integrated Local Development Programme (JILDP) is a joint programme of UNDP and UN Women implemented in partnership with the Government of Moldova (State Chancellery) with financial support the Government of Sweden, Sida. The JILDP was designed to improve the policy framework, as well as to support the administrative systems and procedures focused on efficient transfer of competencies to Local Public Administrations (LPAs), decentralization and promotion of LPAs' role in decision making. It also helps in building the capacity of LPAs to plan, implement and monitor their strategic plans and improve local public service delivery, involving civil society and community efforts and participation.
Program's Development Objective: provision of assistance to the Republic of Moldova to ensure that vulnerable groups in poor rural and urban areas benefit of sustainable socio-economic development opportunities through adequate regional and local policies implemented by LPA and partners in a rights based, gender sensitive manner.
The programme has four key components:

The Programme is implemented and advocates for using Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) and Gender equality mainstreaming (GE) which calls for participation, accountability, transparency and non-discrimination.

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