United Nations Development Fund for Women


United Nations Development Fund for Women

The United Nations Development Fund for Women, commonly known as UNIFEM (from the French "Fonds de développement des Nations unies pour la femme") was established in December 1976UN document |docid=A-RES-31-133 |type=Resolution |body=General Assembly |session=31 |resolution_number=133 |accessdate=2008-04-18|date=16 December 1976] originally as the Voluntary Fund for the United Nations Decade for Women in the International Women's Year. It provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programmes and strategies that promote women’s human rights, political participation and economic security. Since 1976 it has supported women’s empowerment and gender equality through its programme offices and links with women’s organizations in the major regions of the world. Its work on gender responsive budgets began in 1996 in Southern Africa and has expanded to include East Africa, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central America and the Andean region. It has worked to increase awareness throughout the UN system of gender responsive budgets as a tool to strengthen economic governance in all countries.

HRH Princess Basma bint Talal of Jordan was appointed UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador in 1996.

On January 26, 2006 UNIFEM nominated Nicole Kidman as its goodwill ambassador. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4649476.stm]

Global Embassy [http://www.globalembassy.org] has a complete list of UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassadors as well as Goodwill Ambassadors of other UN Organisations.

References

Head Manager: Mrs R STreasurer: Mrs R D

External links

* [http://www.globalembassy.org Global Embassy]
* [http://www.unifem.org UNIFEM]


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