Yearbook of the United Nations, 2003. Part 3, Economic and social questions. Chapter 10, Women
During 2003, United Nations efforts to advance the status of women and ensure their rights continued to be guided by the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, adopted by the Fourth (1995) World Conference on Women. The outcome of the General Assembly's twenty-third (2000) special session, to appraise and assess implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+5), prompted further action and initiatives for the advancement of women. The Commission on the Status of Women, at its forty-seventh session in March, recommended to the Economic and Social Council for adoption agreed conclusions on women's participation in and access to the media and information and communication technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women, which the Council endorsed in July. The Council also took action on assistance to Palestinian women; women and girls in Afghanistan; mainstreaming a gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the UN system; and the revitalization and strengthening of the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW). The Commission also adopted and brought to the attention of the Council a resolution on women, the girl child and HIV/AIDS; and a decision on communications concerning the status of women. The Assembly adopted resolutions on women and political participation; violence against women migrant workers; improvement of the situation of women in rural areas; elimination of domestic violence against women; the girl child; an in-depth study on all forms of violence against women; women in development; improvement of the status of women in the United Nations; and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. The United Nations Development Fund for Women continued to focus on women's economic security and political empowerment, and to advocate gender mainstreaming and equality. INSTRAW continued its research and training, and networking and information dissemination, in particular through the gender awareness information and networking system. Economic and Social Council amendments to the Institute's statute included the replacement of its Board of Trustees with an Executive Board and the empowerment of the Secretary-General to appoint its Director, taking into account the list of candidates proposed by the Board. In December, the Secretary-General appointed Carmen Moreno as the Institute's new Director.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2003. v. 57; Vol. 57
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