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to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and
to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and
to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and
to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom

Preamble (emphasis added), Charter of the United Nations, 1945

On 26 June 1945 the Charter of the United Nations was opened for signature in San Francisco, California (USA), at the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on International Organization. Nearly four months later, it entered into force and formally created the United Nations.

This section is dedicated to the main bodies of the United Nations created by the Charter (the “Charter Bodies”) and a few of their related bodies whose work relates to women’s human rights and gender equality. The goal is to provide you with information on each body, both in general and in relation to tackling violence against women.

Use the links located on the right hand sidebar (or, for mobile users, at the bottom of this page) to learn more about the work of each charter body to end violence against women – and how civil society can engage with this work.