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

Highlights
Highlights
“Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016”

Chock-full of new data and pointed analysis, UN Women’s flagship report unveils a far-reaching alternative policy agenda to transform economies and make gender equality a reality. 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

  • Women and Health

    In Focus: Women and Health

    This month we focus on women's health and the significant impact that can be made by increasing access to care and recognizing women's rights to preventative interventions. More

  • Beijing+20 at CSW59

    From 9-20 March 2015, the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women reviewed progress and remaining challenges in implementing the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years on. More

  • Beijing 20 celebration

    Leaders and celebrities unveil Planet 50-50

    At a star-studded event in New York City, high-powered speakers took the stage to galvanize global attention, putting out a clarion call: a firm expiry date of 2030 for gender inequality, with real equality being nothing short of 50-50. More

  • Youth voices highlight

    Post-Beijing voices

    They were toddlers in 1995 when the ground-breaking Beijing Platform for Action was adopted by global leaders. Some of them, not even born. Infusing fresh meaning into the complex concepts of gender equality, here’s their take on what a gender-equal world would look like. More

  • International Women's Day 2015

    The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, celebrated globally on 8 March, is the clarion call of UN Women’s Beijing+20 campaign “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!” 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

Visit the website for the Beijing+20 campaign
In the words of...

Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with Bill Gates, she shapes and approves the Foundation’s strategies, reviews results, and sets the overall direction of the organization. Together, they meet with grantees and partners to further the Foundation’s goal of improving equity in the United States and around the world. They make many public appearances to advocate for the Foundation’s issues.

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In strong solidarity with the people of Nepal
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

In a statement, UN Women's Executive Director laments the loss of life and the physical devastation caused by the earthquake and aftershocks in Nepal. She details how UN Women will work with local women’s groups to provide urgently needed services and support the overall humanitarian assessment to ensure that the needs of women, men, boys and girls, especially those most disadvantaged, are equitably taken into account. More

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Women vendors improve markets in Papua New Guinea

A new video about work to make markets safe for vendors in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (80 per cent of whom are women) showcases new infrastructure and better lighting to prevent violence, as well as a mobile bill-pay system to prevent extortion and abuse, among other improvements.