Civil society is one of UN Women’s most important constituencies. It is a dynamic source of ideas and policy perspectives, partnerships and support. It plays a vital role in advancing shared strategic objectives to promote gender equality, and women’s rights and empowerment. UN Women’s global, regional and national civil society advisory groups serve as forums for dialogue and sustained engagement.
UN Women supports civil society participation in a number of intergovernmental processes. For example, outreach to non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council assists their contributions to discussions at the Commission on the Status of Women and major international conferences. Continued partnership with grass-roots women during and after Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, has fostered their ongoing dialogue with key policymakers.
By being part of the civil society coordination and knowledge-sharing networks of the UN system, UN Women helps find additional opportunities for civil society to engage around key issues on the global agenda. These currently include international deliberations within the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. We also work with civil society and women’s groups so that their views will be reflected in international development agendas after the 2015 endpoint of the Millennium Development Goals.