- UN women (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) has three main roles:
- 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 lead and coordinate the UN system’s work on gender equality as well as promote accountability, including through regular monitoring of system-wide progress.
UN Women’s priority areas are: (1) Leadership and political participation, (2) Economic empowerment, (3) Ending violence against women, (4) Peace and security, (5) Humanitarian action, (6) Governance and national planning, (7) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and (8) HIV/AIDS.
Ever since FY1979, the Government of Japan has contributed to UN Women and UNIFEM (one of the predecessor of UN Women). Japan has funded not only to their core fund but also to their projects such as promotion of gender mainstreaming in humanitarian assistance and elimination of violence against women.