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 Annual Report 2017-2018
Annual Report 2017–2018

The time is now! At a historic time when women’s activism is galvanized around #Metoo, #TimesUp and other movements, around the world UN Women supports women politicians, lawmakers, farmers, small business owners, civil society activists and many others to claim their rights and to be heard. This year’s annual report highlights some of the key results achieved in 2017–2018. More

  • A Rohingya woman at the Cox's Bazar Refugee camp in Bangladesh. Photo: UN Women/Allison Joyce

    World Refugee Day 2018

    World Refugee Day is on 20 June. There are 22.5 million refugees around the world today, and half of them—some 11 million—are women and girls. With the average length of displacement being 17 years or more, entire generations are born and raised in refugee camps. Humanitarian action needs to offer long-term solutions that protect and advance women’s rights. Join us as we stand #WithRefugees. 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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Purna Sen is UN Women’s Director of the Policy Division, and UN Women Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Addressing Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Discrimination. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Purna Sen, UN Women’s Director of the Policy Division, and recently appointed UN Women Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Addressing Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Discrimination, explains her new role and what UN Women is doing to address sexual harassment within its own workplace and in the UN system. More

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“We owe it to the widows of the world to give them the respect, visibility and unique support they need”
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

In her statement for International Widows' Day (23 June), UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights both the vital role widows play in our society, the ways in which gender inequality impacts their ability to thrive on their own, and the specific recognition and attention that they need from all of us. More

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