The United Nations at Seventy-Five: Where Are the Women in The United Nations Now?

Haack, Kirsten, Karns, Margaret P. and Murray, Jean-Pierre (2020) The United Nations at Seventy-Five: Where Are the Women in The United Nations Now? Ethics and International Affairs, 34 (3). pp. 361-371. ISSN 0892-6794

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Following the unsuccessful attempt to get a woman appointed as UN secretary-general in 2016 and the drop in women in senior posts in 2015, it appeared that gender equality at the UN was as distant as ever. Yet, gender equality within the Secretariat and UN system has been on the organization's agenda since 1970, with goals and target dates set for the level of women's participation and achievement. These have been met in some issue areas (for example, in so-called feminine portfolios) and organizations, but not others. As part of the special issue on “The United Nations at Seventy-Five: Looking Back to Look Forward,” this essay traces the evolution of efforts to increase the representation of women in the UN system and takes stock of their current representation therein, analyzing the data on the Secretariat and appointments to senior posts as well as in various operations and programs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gender equality, gender parity strategy, UN Secretariat, professional staff, specialized agencies, hard- and soft-issue areas
Subjects: L200 Politics
L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2020 12:53
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 13:51

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