Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

A Special Agency for Women

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

A Special Agency for Women

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THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF NURSES has called for the United Nations to establish a special agency for women that is robustly funded, operational, and has a presence in every country.

The NLN has endorsed this recommendation and calls on nurses to contact the United States ambassador to the United Nations, Zalmay Khalilzad, and other high-level government officials to voice support. A lobbying toolkit and background information are available on the ICN website at www.icn.ch/waa.htm. Excerpts from a sample lobbying letter follow.

Dear,

I am contacting you regarding upcoming UN General Assembly talks on the establishment of a UN women's agency. These discussions follow from the High Level Coherence Panel's strong recommendation, accepted by the Secretary General, to establish "a dynamic UN entity focused on gender equality and women's empowerment."

....There is much critically important work for this new agency. Poverty, poor access to health care, inadequate education, inequitable relationships between men and women, violence, and a variety of social, economic, political, and cultural factors adversely affect the health and well-being of women and girls worldwide. …

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