UN Women for Peace (UNWFP),founded in 2008, under the patronage of H.E. Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, aims at promoting and advancing the goals of UN agencies whose missions are to provide opportunities for women through social, cultural, educational and empowerment programs while partaking in a global peace building process. UNWFP is focused on supporting and funding UN humanitarian programs for women in developing countries and countries in conflict and providing scholarships to benefit underprivileged women to study at the University for Peace.
UN Women for Peace supports the UN TRUST FUND TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. The Trust Fund, established by the UN General Assembly in 1996, assists efforts to prevent violence against women and girls, provides services to those affected by violence and strengthens the implementation of laws and policies on violence against women and girls. The Trust Fund is particularly concerned with ending violence against women in countries of conflict, post-conflict and transitional settings. The Trust Fund also invests, through its partners, in long term solutions for a world free of violence. UN Women for Peace’s contributions to the Trust Fund directly fund these efforts.
UN Women for Peace also supports scholarships to benefit underprivileged women to study at the UNIVERSITY FOR PEACE in Costa Rica. The university was established in December 1980 as a Treaty Organization by the UN General Assembly through the adoption of UN Resolution 35/55. The mission of the University for Peace is to provide higher education with the aim of promoting peace among all human beings, teaching through understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, and stimulating cooperation among peoples to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress. The UNWFP has presented twelve scholarships to date.
Highlights from the UN Women for Peace
The March on March 8, 2013 was led by UNWFP patron Mrs. Ban Soon-taek.
Susan Sarandon, Christy Turlington, Monique Coleman, Alexandra Richards, Kelly Rutherford, Alexis Biedel, Miss America, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, UN Dignitaries and Ambassadors and hundreds of supporters joined the UN Women for Peace on International Women’s Day 2013 in our efforts on behalf of women’s freedom worldwide.