Monday, April 17, 2006

A little angry programming this week :-)

What's up with this? I mean, I thought feminists and the UN were tight. Shows how much I know.

In an open letter to Secretary-General Kofi Annan on International Women’s Day last month, the coalition of international women’s groups wrote, “We are disappointed and frankly outraged that gender equality and strengthening the women’s machineries within the U.N. system are barely noted, and are not addressed as a central part of the UN reform agenda.”

There are already several UN bodies that focus on issues affecting women, including the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues (OSAGI). and the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW). The women’s groups complain that none of them, with the exception of UNFPA, is a principal agency that could equate to the fully-resourced agencies such as UNICEF, the UN Development Program, or the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Apparently they're thinking of putting the same people who turned UNICEF into an anti-child type of organization in charge. Party.

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