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

UN Women Executive Board First Annual Session 2016. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown
UN Women Executive Board to discuss humanitarian response and funding at its First Regular Session of 2016

The UN Women Executive Board convened for this year’s First Regular Session on 9 February at United Nations Headquarters in New York. More

  • UN Women Step it Up march. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

    International Women's Day 2016

    Under the theme “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”, this year’s observance will reflect on how to build momentum around the new Sustainable Development Goals, and related gender equality commitments as part of UN Women’s Step It Up initiative. 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

  • Step It Up Highlight

    World leaders commit to gender equality

    Ninety world leaders have made concrete commitments and firm pledges to overcome gender equality gaps at, and since, 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

  • 2015 year in review

    Timeline: Gender Equality, 2015 Year in Review

    From the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action to the historic adoption of the sustainable development goals with a strong gender equality focus and Nigeria banning female genital mutilation, this timeline is a selection of some of the gender equality achievements, milestones and noteworthy moments from around the world this year. More

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    In focus: Prevent violence against women

    This year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November and the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign’s 16 days call for action are focused on strategies to prevent violence against women and girls. More

  • A woman cleans up her home in Cite Soleil. Hurricane Gustav passed through Haiti yesterday dumping heavy rains that flooded thousands of homes and left approximately 50 people dead. Photo: UN Photo/Marco Dormino

    In Focus: Women and climate change

    As world leaders attend COP 21 in Paris, UN Women will continue to advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment to be fully recognized in the universal climate agreement they will adopt. More

  • Human rights of women

    Gender equality before the law does not necessarily mean that women have equal opportunities in practice. This infographic takes a closer look at the various forms of discrimination women face. More

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"Agenda 2030 is anything but business as usual"
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

In her opening remarks at the UN Women Executive Board First Regular Session of 2016, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted the importance of coordinated action and collaborations across sectors towards achieving gender equality and women's empowerment. More

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UNiTE to end violence against women

The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE campaign calls on governments, civil society, women’s organizations, young people, the private sector and the media to “Orange the world” to end the global pandemic of violence against women and girls.