03.6 Macro focus on gender equality structures and mechanisms

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Some NGOs work on the cross cutting issues of gender equality and use CSW as a ground for macro scale advocacy. They use CSW as an opportunity to work together, inform and share information about these macro issues with the attendees at CSW, and have face-to-face meetings with each other and UN agencies.

This means that representatives working on macro issues regionally and nationally need to be in contact with, and have clear mandated positions from, national NGOs and CSOs in order to bring an informed position into the global arena.


Many NGOs across the world worked together on how they would like to see the UN Reform on the Global Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR) Campaign. This reform resulted in the formation of UN Women in 2011 when the United Nations created a strong UN consolidated agency that will be working on women’s rights globally.

The Global Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR) Campaign had been advocating for five years for the creation of UN Women.  Now UN Women is established,  it is now monitoring how UN Women implements promises it has made and to ensure that civil society participation is formalised and that women’s rights groups are consulted about the program and future of UN Women.