The Creation of UN Women

Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law, Forthcoming

RegNet Research Paper No. 2013/7

39 Pages Posted: 4 Jul 2013 Last revised: 5 Aug 2013

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Hilary Charlesworth

ANU College of Law; School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet)

Christine Chinkin

London School of Economics - Law Department; University of Michigan Law School

Date Written: June 3, 2013

Abstract

The notion of institutional coherence has dominated the agenda for reform of the United Nations (UN) in this century. Motivated by what he saw as the weakness of the fractured UN system, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan led an ambitious reform program throughout his term of office (1996-2005) seeking to ensure greater UN effectiveness through streamlining institutional functions. This concern has been inherited by Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon. A significant development in the reform process has been the creation in 2010 of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, known as UN Women, which came into operation on January 1, 2011. UN Women incorporates four existing parts of the UN system dealing with women and has been styled as the new UN “gender architecture.” In this article we consider the implications of this new structure for the situation of women worldwide from the perspective of international law. Is UN Women simply a bureaucratic rearrangement or is it greater than the sum of its parts?

Keywords: United Nations, women, gender, UN Women

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Charlesworth, Hilary and Chinkin, Christine, The Creation of UN Women (June 3, 2013). Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law, Forthcoming ; RegNet Research Paper No. 2013/7. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2289567

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Christine Chinkin

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