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UN Women's Chief Michelle Bachelet launches knowledge hub

Posted on Oct 05, 01:58PM | UNI

The UN Women's first ever knowledge hub for elected women representatives from South Asia was launched here today.

The hub meant to work as knowledge centre to provide information through audio and video to overcome literacy and geographical barriers and ensure support to perform these representatives their duties effectively, was unveiled here by UN Women's Executive Director and former Chile President Michelle Bachelet here in the presence of 200 women leaders, experts and policymakers.

The Centre was launched during a day-long leadership summit on 'Dialogue for Change : Women in Politics, Policies and Livelihoods that was attended by delegates from India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Three-time Sarpanch of Mewada Gram Panchayat of Dungarpur district Bhavana Damor was also present on the occasion.

'This, is a huge leap forward for women leaders accross South Asia as this regional centre for excellence would undoubtedly strengthen their leadership and provide them skills to perform their role more effectively',former Chile Premier Ms Bachelet said. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system, which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment, This new UN entity was created inn July 2010 by the United Nations General Assembly for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women.

In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization's goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women.