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The United Nations Development Fund for Women, commonly known as UNIFEM (from the French "Fonds de développement des Nations unies pour la femme") was established in December 1976[1] originally as the Voluntary Fund for the United Nations Decade for Women in the International Women's Year. Its first director was Dr. Margaret Snyder, Ph.D. It provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programmes and strategies that promote women’s human rights, political participation and economic security. Since 1976 it has supported women’s empowerment and gender equality through its programme offices and links with women’s organizations in the major regions of the world. Its work on gender responsive budgets began in 1996 in Southern Africa and has expanded to include East Africa, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central America and the Andean region. It has worked to increase awareness throughout the UN system of gender responsive budgets as a tool to strengthen economic governance in all countries.

HRH Princess Basma bint Talal of Jordan was appointed UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador in 1996.

On January 26, 2006 UNIFEM nominated Nicole Kidman as its goodwill ambassador.[2]

The current Executive Director of UNIFEM is Inés Alberdi.[3]

  1. ^ United Nations General Assembly Resolution 133 session 31 on 16 December 1976 (retrieved 2008-04-18)
  2. ^ BBC (26 January 2006). "Kidman becomes ambassador for UN". BBC. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4649476.stm. Retrieved 2009-02-02. 
  3. ^ UNIFEM (2008). "Inés Alberdi Appointed as UNIFEM Executive Director". http://www.unifem.org/news_events/story_detail.php?StoryID=668. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 

The UNIFEM was created in order to stop the violence against women. At UNIFEM, we have been engaged in combating violence against women for more than a decade.

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The United Nations Development Fund for Women commonly known as UNIFEM (from the French "Fonds de développement des Nations unies pour la femme is a fund of United Nations established in New York in 1976 aimed for equality as men and taking part in society of women.

It provides financial and technical aid for the better condition of women together with United Nations Development Programme. In 2006 Nicole Kidman was elected as goodwill ambassador. In 2011, it will be a part of the new institution "UN Women".

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