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Strengthening the UN Gender Architecture: New Momentum behind Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

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Charlotte Bunch and June Zeitlin of the Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR) campaign suggest that the UN's existing women's entities are incapable of responding to the needs of member states for help in meeting their obligations under CEDAW, the MDGs and other international agreements. This paper provides a comprehensive overview of the UN's gender architecture reform process, and it highlights notable gaps between portrayed commitments and actual efforts of various stakeholders on the issue of gender equality. The authors recognize women's groups and civil society - in particular, the GEAR campaign - as key to accelerating the slow-moving intergovernmental reform negotiations.

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