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

Highlights
Highlights
Fast forwarding to the future we want

As UN Women turns five, the Annual Report 2015-2016 highlights our key achievements in the last year, and efforts to turn the promise of the SDGs into reality for women and girls through stepped-up partnerships with civil society, private sector, the media, and others. More

  • Anne Hathaway.

    Anne Hathaway announced as new UN Women Goodwill Ambassador

    The American award-winning actor will put the spotligh on the issue of the unequal burden of care work in the home as one of the key barriers to gender equality. More

  • Flagship programming initiatives

    Flagship programmes

    Using a human-rights-based approach focused on strengthening the voice of women and girls, UN Women has developed 12 flagship programmes that seek to remove structural barriers to gender equality and women’s empowerment, in line with sustainable development. More

  • Women in humanitarian action

    For the World Humanitarian Summit, we highlight UN Women’s continuous work to ensure equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of humanitarian action. 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

  • From where I stand...

    From where I stand...

    As part of a new editorial series, UN Women is capturing the unique and powerful stories of people around the world, to showcase their daily lives and challenges and how they are bringing about change. More

  • Step It Up Highlight

    World leaders commit to gender equality

    More than 90 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

Expert's take
A Policy Specialist for UN Women’s Peace and Security Division since 2010, Sarah Douglas is currently on a one-year secondment as the Gender Advisor for the UN Peacebuilding Support Office. Prior to joining UN Women, she worked for the UN Mission in Sudan and UNDP Sudan. She worked for UNIFEM Peace and Security in New York from 2003 to 2006.   She holds a Master’s degree in Gender and Development from the London School of Economics.   Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Sarah Douglas, a Policy Specialist for UN Women’s Peace and Security Division, on secondment as the Gender Advisor for the UN Peacebuilding Support Office, writes about the importance of funding for gender-responsive peacebuilding. More

From where I stand
Yoeurn Reaksa has been employed at a garment factory for over a year. Photo: UN Women Cambodia/Lisa Taieb

Yoeurn Reaksa

“The men at the factory would stare at me and tell me that I was old enough ‘to be eaten. I was the newcomer. Walking the small distance from my sewing machine to the toilet used to be very uncomfortable.’ New women coming to work at the factory often experienced harassment...”

SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth

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“No woman should pay with her dignity—or her life—to exercise her political rights”
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

In a statement following the murders of environmental activist Lesbia Yaneth in Honduras and Jo Cox, a British Member of Parliament, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for collective action on discrimination against political harassment and violence against women. More

Video
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UN Women: Five years young and going strong

Five years after UN Women’s establishment, we look at some key achievements of the past years. These include new legislation and policies around the world, achieved in collaboration with our partners, and the central positioning of women’s empowerment and gender equality on the international agenda.