UN Women: 13 years dedicated to working for gender equality
This July 2, UN Women, the United Nations entity dedicated to promoting gender equality and women's empowerment worldwide, commemorates its 13th anniversary.
Since its creation on July 2, 2010, by a decision of the United Nations General Assembly, UN Women has worked to position women's rights, priorities as well as women's voices at the center of national and global agendas.
The results achieved in recent years would not have been possible without the support and joint work of the women's and feminist movements that tirelessly advocate in Latin America and the Caribbean for gender equality to occupy the central place it deserves.
Throughout these 13 years, UN Women has made a concerted effort to ensure that gender equality becomes a reality for more women and girls in all their diversity.
Among them the promotion of regional initiatives for the adoption of integrated care systems as comprehensive structural proposals that guarantee the rights of those who require care and those who provide it.
In the area of violence against women and girls, significant progress has been made in preventing femicide and gender-based violence in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The RESPETO Global Framework, developed in partnership with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), supported policies and programs to prevent violence against women and girls in the region.
It also promoted the implementation of guidelines and protocols to improve access to justice and generate more effective responses by the States.
Through the Spotlight Initiative, UN Women has strengthened the capacity of civil society organizations in the fight against gender-based violence and promoted changes in the public conversation and the enactment of public policies and laws in different countries of the region.
In behavioral science and masculinities, behavioral-based strategies to engage men in preventing violence against women and girls have been successfully developed in several countries.
All of this work has further resulted in increased discussion and awareness of gender equality and increased empowerment of women to speak up and stand up for themselves.
On this 13th anniversary, UN Women reaffirms its commitment to continue working tirelessly for gender equality and women's empowerment worldwide.
Furthermore, it invites all individuals and organizations to join the cause of gender equality and women's empowerment, to continue moving towards more just and equal societies.
José Baig - Senior Communications Advisor