- 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 Womenin 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 1976it has supported women’s empowermentand gender equalitythrough 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 Africaand has expanded to include East Africa, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Americaand 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
Jordanwas appointed UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassadorin 1996.
January 26, 2006UNIFEM nominated Nicole Kidmanas 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.
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