In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization’s goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system, which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment:

1- Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW)
2- International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW)
3- Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI)
4- United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)