We are so excited here at Girl Up that the 65th United Nations Day is this Sunday, October 24, so for this High Five Friday, we want to High Five the United Nations!
We work with several UN agencies, such as UNICEF and WHO, to support programs for adolescent girls through the UN Adolescent Girls Task Force. Task force members are committed to helping girls everywhere be educated, healthy, safe, and prepared to be leaders both in their communities and globally. Learn more about the UN Adolescent Girls Task Force.
This year, in addition to the progress made by the UN Adolescent Girls Task Force, the UN has continued to make support for girls and women around the world a priority. One big accomplishment that will help change the lives of girls everywhere is the creation of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women on July 2, 2010.
United Nations Women (UN Women) will be up and running by January 2011 and will have two major jobs. The first is to help international organizations as they create policies and global standards, and the second is to work closely with individual countries to make sure these goals are met, and that projects supporting women and girls are successful.
Through these two roles, UN Women will improve the lives of women and girls everywhere by providing them with a stronger voice in their communities and around the globe. UN Women will also work with other UN agencies that already have programs in place to increase their impact.
To learn more about the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, click here.