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Women in the UN periphery

Asplund, Viktoria LU (2011) MRSK30 20102
Human Rights Studies
Abstract
“Men are not the deliberate oppressors of women, but can also be disempowered by current social arrangements”.
The role of the Secretary-General of the United Nations is among the most powerful in the world. Since 1945 and the establishment of the UN that position has never been held by a woman. Through gender mainstreaming the UN aims at reaching the goal of gender equality.
This essay evaluates gender parity within the UN institution to reveal what causes have preceded the current gender division. The theoretical framework developed in this essay is based on eclectic gathering of elements from hypotheses concerning women’s presence in the political sphere concerning the UN and gender parity and consists of three main theories:... (More)
“Men are not the deliberate oppressors of women, but can also be disempowered by current social arrangements”.
The role of the Secretary-General of the United Nations is among the most powerful in the world. Since 1945 and the establishment of the UN that position has never been held by a woman. Through gender mainstreaming the UN aims at reaching the goal of gender equality.
This essay evaluates gender parity within the UN institution to reveal what causes have preceded the current gender division. The theoretical framework developed in this essay is based on eclectic gathering of elements from hypotheses concerning women’s presence in the political sphere concerning the UN and gender parity and consists of three main theories: traditional family role orientations, masculinized ethos and the gendered psyche and is complemented by the concept, conducive conditions and counter conditions for gender mainstreaming in relation to the UN.
Mapping out gender parity and the structure of four institutions within the UN organization forms an empiric base for a theory assessment. The four institutions assessed are the position of Secretary-General, the position of Under Secretary General, the General Assembly and the United Nations Security Council. The aim is to through theory development and assessment create a framework for studying gender parity that can be applied to political institutions similar to the UN.
This assessment indicates that causes for gender parity in many ways conform with the theories. There are a variety of causes for the lack of women being present within the UN e.g., unaware bias projected against women as heads of state, stigmatization in documents, charters and regulations as well as masculine consensus making women feel unqualified for politics. An important step towards gender equality within political institutions is to provide and ensure a better understanding for the background and complexities of gender mainstreaming when adopting policies. (Less)
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author
Asplund, Viktoria LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
Gender perspectives in a global organization
course
MRSK30 20102
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Gender parity, Mainstreaming, Women, Secretary-General, United Nations, Theory development 
language
English
id
1759690
date added to LUP
2011-02-07 20:04:06
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  abstract     = {“Men are not the deliberate oppressors of women, but can also be disempowered by current social arrangements”. 
The role of the Secretary-General of the United Nations is among the most powerful in the world. Since 1945 and the establishment of the UN that position has never been held by a woman. Through gender mainstreaming the UN aims at reaching the goal of gender equality. 
This essay evaluates gender parity within the UN institution to reveal what causes have preceded the current gender division. The theoretical framework developed in this essay is based on eclectic gathering of elements from hypotheses concerning women’s presence in the political sphere concerning the UN and gender parity and consists of three main theories: traditional family role orientations, masculinized ethos and the gendered psyche and is complemented by the concept, conducive conditions and counter conditions for gender mainstreaming in relation to the UN.
Mapping out gender parity and the structure of four institutions within the UN organization forms an empiric base for a theory assessment. The four institutions assessed are the position of Secretary-General, the position of Under Secretary General, the General Assembly and the United Nations Security Council. The aim is to through theory development and assessment create a framework for studying gender parity that can be applied to political institutions similar to the UN. 
This assessment indicates that causes for gender parity in many ways conform with the theories. There are a variety of causes for the lack of women being present within the UN e.g., unaware bias projected against women as heads of state, stigmatization in documents, charters and regulations as well as masculine consensus making women feel unqualified for politics. An important step towards gender equality within political institutions is to provide and ensure a better understanding for the background and complexities of gender mainstreaming when adopting policies.},
  author       = {Asplund, Viktoria},
  keyword      = {Gender parity,Mainstreaming,Women,Secretary-General,United Nations,Theory development },
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Women in the UN periphery},
  year         = {2011},
}