UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

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Highlights
Step it Up for gender equality
World leaders Step It Up for gender equality

More than 90 governments have made concrete commitments to overcome gender equality gaps at, and since, a historic event co-hosted by UN Women and the People’s Republic of China: the “Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment to Action.” One year since then, momentum continues to rise as early results come in. From new laws to better policies for women and girls, commitments are turning into actions. More

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    In Focus: UN Women at the 71st General Assembly

    As global leaders convene in New York, UN Women will continue to ensure the voices of women and girls are heard and place gender equality and women’s empowerment at the heart of all development efforts. More

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    In focus: Women refugees and migrants

    On the occasion of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly and leading up to the first UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, UN Women highlights the voices of women refugees and migrants around the world. With refugee and migrant women playing a pivotal role around the world to sustain communities and economies, global commitments must address their unique needs, include their voices and be accountable to them. More

  • UN Women Annual report 2015-2016

    Fast forwarding to the future we want

    As UN Women turns five, the Annual Report 2015-2016 highlights our key achievements in the last year, and efforts to turn the promise of the SDGs into reality for women and girls through stepped-up partnerships with civil society, private sector, the media, and others. More

  • Women and the Sustainable Development Goals

    With the new global 2030 roadmap and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) approved by UN Member States, we take a look at how women are affected by each of the 17 proposed goals, as well as how women and girls can – and will – be key to achieving them. More

  • From where I stand...

    From where I stand...

    As part of a new editorial series, UN Women is capturing the unique and powerful stories of people around the world, to showcase their daily lives and challenges and how they are bringing about change. More

From where I stand
Ileana Crudu. Photo: Doina Stoicescu

Ileana Crudu

“In my community, most people believe that women are not as logical as men are. This affects the choices you make in life—it tells you that some jobs are just not for you...”

SDG 5: Gender Equality

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Flagship programmes
UN Women Flagship Programming initiatives

Using a human-rights-based approach focused on strengthening the voice of women and girls, UN Women has developed 12 flagship programmes that seek to remove structural barriers to gender equality and women’s empowerment, in line with sustainable development. Read more

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“Women are overwhelmingly peacemakers”
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

In a speech at the high-level meeting on “Global Leadership – Local Partnerships: Women’s Leadership and Gender Perspectives on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism”, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted the definite link between investing in women and generating a society that will make and find peace. More

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295,000 refugees flee political violence in Burundi

A year after political violence erupted in Burundi, 295,000 people have fled to neighboring Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo. More than half of those fleeing are women and children, who face not only food shortage and poverty, but also higher rates of sexual and domestic violence, and increased chances of early/child marriage. UN Women sets up “Safe Spaces” in refugee camps to offer income opportunities and business training for women, as well as psycho-social counselling and trauma assistance.