• 2012/12/10

Welcome To The Japan National Committee for UN Women Website

Building on experiences as Japan National Committee for UNIFEM for the last 18 years, further strengthening our support base, and vigorously moving forward…

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly decided to create UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women. UN Women became operational on 1 January 2011.
The creation of UN Women took place 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 agencies 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 focuses its activities on the following five priority themes;

  • Increasing women’s leadership and participation
  • Ending violence against women and girls
  • Engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes
  • Enhancing women’s economic empowerment
  • Making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting

In line with the creation of UN Women, the Japan National Committee for UNIFEM changed its name to the Japan National Committee for UN Women. Building on our experiences since its establishment in November 1992, we renew our commitment toward gender equality and women’s empowerment.
We got accredited as Certified Non-Profit Organization (NPO) in June 2008, which enables donations to the Japan National Committee for UN Women as tax-exempted.


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