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

An indigenous woman in Guatemala paints a mural. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown
In focus: Indigenous women mobilizing for their rights

At a time of unprecedented human mobility, indigenous women are on the move too, often fleeing violence, environmental disasters and land encroachments that have eaten into their sources of food, water and way of life. This year, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (9 August) will focus on the theme of “Indigenous peoples’ migration and movement”. More

  • Cielo Gomez harvests coffee cherries on her land in El Tablón de Gómez, Colombia.

    Photo essay: Growing coffee, sowing peace in Colombia

    For Cielo Gomez, every day is work day, starting with coffee at 5:30 am. A mother of three, a wife, and now a coffee grower with her own land, it’s a labour of love. More

  • UN Women Annual Report 2017-2018

    Annual Report 2017–2018

    This year’s annual report highlights some of the key results achieved in 2017–2018 in strengthening global norms and standards, increasing women’s leadership and political participation, enhancing economic empowerment, ending violence against women and girls, engaging women in all aspects of peace, security and humanitarian actions, and making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting. More

  • In Focus: Women and the SDGs

    Gender equality is a right. Fulfilling this right is the best chance we have in meeting some of the most pressing challenges of our time—from economic crisis and lack of health care, to climate change, violence against women and escalating conflicts. Check out new data, stories, videos and more illustrating how and why gender equality matters across all the Sustainable Development Goals. More

  • From 24 to 27 October 2016, in the sidelines of the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, UN Women, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, and the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) convened 29 UN Volunteers working in conflict and post-conflict settings for a learning and strategy workshop in New York, to exchange knowledge and build their capacities for gender-responsive peacebuilding. The workshop was part of a partnership initiative by UN Women, UNV and PBSO, which aims to enhance peacebuilding initiatives by incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring women’s participation at all stages of conflict prevention, resolution and recovery. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown.

    Gender parity in the UN system

    UN Women is committed to supporting the UN system to reach gender parity, based on its mandate to lead, promote and coordinate efforts to advance the full realization of women’s rights and opportunities. More

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

In a speech during her first official visit to Senegal, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "I saw the future of Senegal today and it is bright. These are amazing women who are focusing on not just conquering Senegal but conquering the world". More

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Empower indigenous women, strengthen communities

On International Day of Indigenous Peoples, learn more about the challenges indigenous women face, and how they play key roles in their communities and contribute to peace building and sustainable environmental practices.

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