UN Women Current Affairs - 2020

Home Ministry, UN Women Launches Campaign to End Violence Against Women

Union Ministry of Home Affairs in collaboration with UN Women launched an awareness campaign to end violence against women.  As part of campaign a ‘UNiTE to End Violence Against Women’ Metro was flagged of at the Sultanpur Metro station in New Delhi.  The flag-off took place as part of 16 Days of Activism ‘Orange The World’ global campaign, which is being observed ahead of ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’, marked annually on 25 November and will continue till International Day of Human Rights on December 10.

Key Highlights

As part of campaign, people would be made aware about India’s single emergency helpline 112. It is an internationally recognised emergency number used in several countries. Currently, the 112 services are available in 27 States/Union Territories.

The 112 service can be reached through voice call, SMS, email, 112 India App, respective state’s 112 websites and with even the panic button on mobile phones.

Dialing the ‘112’ number will provide an IT-based response system for timely dispatch of 1st responders (such as police, ambulance, fire etc.) to the location of distressed person, which is identified through Global Positioning System (GPS) or location based services of mobile phone.

The 112 India App and the emergency response support system has been developed in-house by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC). The 112 India mobile app has a unique integrated ‘shout’ facility which allows immediate assistance from verified volunteers in proximity to distressed person.

About UN Women

It is the UN organisation dedicated to gender equality and empowerment of women. UN Women, a global champion for women and girl was established in July 2010 and became operational in January 2011 to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. It supports Member States of United Nations to set global standards for achieving gender equality. It also works with governments and civil society to design policies, laws, services, and programmes needed to ensure that standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide.

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Indian-origin Anita Bhatia appointed UN Deputy Executive Director

United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) Antonio Guterres recently appointed Indian-origin Anita Bhatia as Deputy Executive Director of United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) for Resource Management, Sustainability and Partnerships.

Key Highlights

  • Earlier Lakshmi Puri, Veteran Indian diplomat and a gender equality champion had served as Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women.
  • The key appointment comes less than a week after Antonio Guterres appointed Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar an Indian Army officer as new Force Commander of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS ).

About Anita Bhatia

  • She is a veteran in strategic partnerships, resource mobilisation and management.
  • She has had a distinguished career at World Bank (WB) Group, has served in various senior leadership and management positions, both at the headquarters (Washington, D.C., United States) and in the field.

About UN Women

  • The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) is the UN’s agency focused on women empowerment and gender equality.
  • Background: It was established in July 2010 by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and is headquartered in New York City, United States. It became operational in January 2011.
  • Objective: UN Women is a global champion for women and girls which seeks to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.
  • Function: It works globally to make vision of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life.

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