UN Women

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

UN Women is a committee that focuses on establishing gender equality and empowering women and girls around the world and was established by the ECOSOC resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946. 

UN Women is working to develop and uphold standards and create an environment where every woman and girl can practice her human rights and live in a society that is not patriarchally constructed. Furthermore, it is instrumental in documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world. The entity establishes guidelines to eliminate discrimination against women and try to protect their human rights in every member state. UN Women cooperates with civil organizations to enforce laws, policies, programs, and support. 

UN Women‘s efforts are developed from the fundamental belief that every woman has the right to live a life free from violence, poverty, and discrimination. The protection of women's rights is essential to achieve the agreements of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

More information: https://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/about-un-women

Topic 2023Securing Women’s Rights by Preventing the Abuse of Religion

At present, many people are allowed to practice their religion at free will and are able to exchange their beliefs with each other. Hereby a foundation of coexistence is established for the people. However, in many instances, religion is abused or used for manipulation, whereby other people can gain their advantages, without regard for the victims who are left behind by a specific regime.

"Men's religion" - this is what the historian of religion Friedrich Heiler said in the 1950s. Until then, the subject of gender and gendering had no particular significance for the broader society. However, it should be mentioned that this does not describe the irrelevance of women, but the oppression and degradation of women. These patterns are systematically propagated in the beliefs of the religion practiced today.

Religions have emerged in the context of patriarchally organized societies and have ideologically underpinned male-dominated social structures. Perpetrators who follow these ingrained patriarchal structures, exaggerate the power differentials between men and women in a spurious context and allow them to become part of politics or governance without allowing those affected to articulate their concerns. 

This is a current phenomenon that can be observed in many different aspects of politics and ethics, limiting many women socially and mentally. Therefore, the UN Women fights against the abuse of religion against women and advocates a peaceful coexistence and practice of one's own religion. 

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