United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

UNIFEM South Asia Office

Working for Women's empowerment and Gender Equality

The United Nations Development Fund for Women, UNIFEM, is the women’s fund at the United Nations. It was created by the UN General Assembly resolution in 1976, following a call from women’s organizations attending the 1975 UN First World Conference on Women in Mexico City.

Set up to be an aid to and advocate for women of the developing world----it seeks to give them voice and visibility. Serving as a bridge between policy-makers and women in the developing world, it is a key institution for forming linkages. Creating spaces and providing platforms for them to articulate their needs, concerns and priorities to policy makers, UNIFEM has facilitated the creation of a key stakeholder accountability forum, to follow-up on the Beijing Platform for Action. Working for the dignity of women, it promotes participatory development and growth, focusing on strengthening the capacity of rights-holders as well as the capacity of duty bearers. Responding to the importance and dearth of sex disaggregated data and gender sensitive analysis, UNIFEM in partnership with the SAARC Secretariat and the governments of the region, is setting up a SAARC Gender Database, housed in the SAARC Secretariat.  

Headquartered in New York, UNIFEM today works in over 100 countries and has 15 regional offices in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) and Latin America and the Caribbean.


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