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World leaders commit to gender equality

On 27 September, some 80 world leaders made concrete commitments and firm pledges to overcome gender equality gaps at 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.”  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

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    In Focus: UN Women at the 70th General Assembly

    As global leaders convene in New York, UN Women will keep the focus on gender equality and women's rights, not only as a stand-alone goal within the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, but on women as key actors in achieving all goals. More

  • Step It Up Highlight

    A call to governments

    "Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality" is a new UN Women initiative urging governments to make national commitments to ensure women and girls can reach their full potential by 2030. More

  • Financing: Why it matters for women and girls

    Ahead of the high-stakes Third International Conference on Financing for Development, UN Women highlights the need for dedicated financing for gender equality to achieve transformative change. More

  • Where are we today?

    Infographics produced as part of UN Women's Beijing+20 campaign highlight progress and remaining challenges for women in a range of areas, from politics, to literacy, to wages and media representation. More

  • Donor Contributions Gauge

    Government contributions grow, but not fast enough

    UN Women relies almost entirely on voluntary financial contributions to sustain its work and programmes for gender equality and women’s empowerment. The generous donations of Governments, private sector companies, foundations and individuals allow UN Women to deliver on its mandate and work with women and girls on the ground, where it is needed most. More

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"We must engender counter-terrorism” —Executive Director
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

In a statement, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka welcomes the release of a report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on violations committed by Boko Haram and calls upon the international community to place gender equality at the heart of interventions. More

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SDG 5: Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls

The sustainable development goals seek to change the course of the 21st century, addressing key challenges such as poverty, inequality, and violence against women. This animated video outlines the key targets of the stand-alone goal on gender equality and women's empowerment, also a precondition for achieving all goals.