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UNIFEM – United Nations Development Fund For Women

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UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund for Women) emerged from the Voluntary Fund for the United Nations Decade for Women (VFDW) in 1985 by a decision of the General Assembly of the UN (A/RES/39/125). The role of the UNIFEM has expanded since the year 2000 through successive General Assembly resolutions and decisions of the UNDP/UNFPA Executive Board, which is the board in charge of decisions with regard to UNIFEM. UNIFEM has played an active political role in recent years in achieving its goals by urging UN institutions and conferences to review the actual progress made in these areas and to establish new goals with regard to gender equality. The direct cooperation with women in peacekeeping missions is an essential part to achieve peace. The UN did not keep their promise to involve more women in such missions.

Keywords: gender equality; peacekeeping missions; UNDP; UNFPA; United Nations Development Fund for Women



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