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Top Ten Wins 2010 #3: United Nations Creates New Body On Women’s Empowerment And Gender Equality, Appoints New Director To Head UNFPA

Written By: Akimbo
December 23, 2010

 

Every year we do a list of Top Ten Wins for women’s health and rights. Check out all 10 on the blog, or download here.

In July, the United Nations consolidated the four existing UN bodies on women (UNIFEM, DAW, INSTRAW and OSAGI) into one new organization—UN Women— and appointed Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet as its head. And in yet another victory for women and girls, the United Nations Secretary General appointed Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, a longstanding advocate for women’s sexual and reproductive rights and health, as the new Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

What’s next: As President Bachelet and Dr. Osotimehin officially begin their duties, IWHC looks forward to working with both agencies to secure implementation of a “package” of integrated health services (contraception, safe abortion, maternity care, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS), buttressed by sexuality and gender education and protection of human rights. Join us as we follow the progress of UN Women and of Dr. Osotimehin in his new role at UNFPA here, and here, respectively.

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