Box 2.12: Inter-agency collaboration on gender equality and empowerment of women
The Inter-agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE) is a system-wide network of Gender Focal Points which promotes gender equality and empowerment of women throughout the system. It coordinates follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing 1995), to the outcome of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly (2000) and to the Millennium Declaration.
Comprised of some 60 members representing 25 organizations of the UN system, the network provides a unique forum for exchange of information, experiences and best practices, as well as for the enhancement of collaboration and coordination. Activities are carried out in ad hoc task forces on critical areas of concern, including trade, ICT, water resources management, operational activities and peace and security. The network provides regular opportunities for innovation in methodology development, including through workshops on the implementation of gender mainstreaming.