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

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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

In the words of...
Geena Davis

Academy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Geena Davis is a long-standing advocate for women’s diverse portrayal in the media, and Founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. The Institute released the first-ever global study on female characters in popular films, in 2014, with support from UN Women and the Rockefeller Foundation.

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“Education for all”
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

In the opening remarks at the World Education Forum 2015, in the Republic of Korea, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka advocates for a transformative and sustainable agenda for universal education to be provided by 2030, to help gender equality also be achieved by that same year. More

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Give mom back her name: #MyMothersNameIs

For men in Egypt and in many other countries in the Middle East, there is a peculiar taboo of not disclosing one's mother’s name in public, lest her name become a subject of shame and ridicule. Over time, she’s only referred to as ‘The mother of her eldest son’. UN Women’s 'Give Mom Back Her Name’ initiative is a simple yet powerful one that aims to eradicate this taboo and give mothers in Egypt and the Middle East their names back in public fora.