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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 funding for gender equality to achieve transformative change.


  • “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

  • In Focus: Women and Armed Conflict

    This month we examine the differentiated impact of conflict on women and the need to ensure that women have a central role in peacebuilding. More

  • Infographic on women and armed conflict

    From increased sexual violence to lower enrolment in primary school, to increased maternal mortality, this infographic provides a visual snapshot of the impact of armed conflict and war on women and girls. More

  • Women in Politics Map 2015

    The Women in Politics 2015 Map launched by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and UN Women shows that although the number of women in executive government and in parliament continues to inch forward, the slow rate of progress will severely check global development plans due to be adopted later this year. 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

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    In Focus: Women and the Media

    In May we highlight women and the media and the importance of increasing women’s leadership in this field, while simultaneously boosting efforts to end stereotypes of women and girls in the media across all platforms. 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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“Committed to extending ourselves as never before”
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

In her opening statement at the Annual Executive Board Session in New York, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka thanked Member States and private sector contributors for their donations to UN Women, illustrating progress achieved through this financial support, all-the-while calling on more countries and donors “to put their resources squarely behind their ideals”. More 

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Safe Cities Global Initiative

This video documents success stories under UN Women’s Safe Cities Global Initiative, with 21 cities and counting. They are implementing innovative, locally owned and sustainable approaches to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and other forms of violence against women in public spaces.