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The new United Nations “gender architecture”: a room with a view?

Charlesworth, Hilary and Chinkin, Christine (2013) The new United Nations “gender architecture”: a room with a view? In: Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law Online. Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law,17. Brill Nijhoff (Firm), Leiden, The Netherlands. ISBN 9789040264519

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UN Reform in the 21st century has been motivated by the perceived need for institutional coherence. This was at the heart of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s ambitious program for reform that he pursued throughout his term of office, seeking to ensure greater UN effectiveness through streamlining institutional functions. A significant development in the reform process was the creation in 2010 of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, known as UN Women. UN Women incorporates the four existing parts of the UN system dealing with women and has been styled as the new UN “gender architecture”. This article considers the implications of this new institutional structure for the situation of women worldwide from the perspective of international law, asking in particular whether institutional reform is matched by normative progress.

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Additional Information: © Copyright 2013 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands 2013
Divisions: IGA: Centre for Women Peace and Security
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2019 16:21
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:52

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