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The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) was established in 2010, following a decision of the UN General Assembly, with the aim to contribute to the elimination of discrimination against women and girls, empowerment of women, and achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action, and peace and security.
To achieve this aim, UN Women support intergovernmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in the formulation of policies, global standards and norms, and it assists member states in the implementation of such standards (thorugh technical and financial support, and the facilitation of partnerships with civil society).
UN Women undertakes activities in areas related to the promotion of women's empowerment and gender equality in the digital space. It advocates for bridging the gender digital divide, for ending online violence against women, and for ensuring that women and girls can take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the information and communications technologies (ICT). Initiatives run by the organisation range from digital literacy and ICT skills development programmes, to supporting the development of mobile applications and games to raise awareness of violence against women, and to promoting girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related education, business, and policy-making.
UN Women is also one of the co-facilitators of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) action lines.