World Pulse is thrilled to welcome onto the scene a new UN agency—UN Women—which opened its doors last month. With more power and a bigger budget than women's advocates have ever commanded within the United Nations, UN Women will unite the efforts of existing agencies and take on the major challenges facing women around the world.
UN Women executive director and former Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet, will have a long to-do list to make the agency live up to its promise. What do you think should be on this list? Our community has already taken up the call, shared touching stories, and generated some great recommendations in our UN Women letter-writing campaign.
We launched this campaign to send your voices to the highest levels at the UN and to guide this new agency as it sets its priorities. This is just one way that World Pulse is working to build the influence of grassroots women leaders within global decision-making bodies.
Backed by millions of dollars and an empowered role within the UN, UN Women has a chance to enact some major change. What changes are most needed in your community? What would you put at the top of the UN Women agenda?
Write your letter and join the campaign.
If you want to know just how hard-won and historic this new agency is—and if you are curious what women's rights activists are saying about it—read the new World Pulse article on UN Women.
UPDATE: The public launch event for UN Women will take place February 24, 2011 at 6:30 EST and will be broadcast via live webcast here.