The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women also known as UN Women was created on 2 nd of July 2010 by the General Assembly of the United Nations. The General Assembly in paragraph 49 of its resolution A/64/L.56, decided to establish this entity by merging four existing mandates and functions of the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI), and the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), as well as those of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW).
The UN Women main role is mainly in supporting other non-governmental organizations in formulating policies and global standards and norms, when such standards and norms are formulated than they help Member States through the implementation process and other technical and financial support when needed. They regulate UN system’s work on gender equality by regularly monitoring these system-wide processes. UN Women promotes women’s empowerment, rights and gender equality globally, as well as within and among individual countries by working closely at the local level.