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

Tawaf is a beneficary of IRC / UN Women program that gives up to 1000 USD small business start up grants after a 9 day small business training program. Photo: UN Women/Christopher Herwig
In focus: World Humanitarian Day

On this year's World Humanitarian Day, 19 August, we advocate for the protection of civilians, humanitarian workers, and all those affected by conflict. Women and girls are among those most vulnerable to the consequences — and most vital to recovery efforts. More

  • Students in a technical education program supported by the World Bank in Antioquia, Colombia. Photo: World Bank/Charlotte Kesl

    In focus: International Youth Day

    The global youth population—1.8 billion strong—represents boundless possibilities and talent to build a peaceful and sustainable world. The theme for International Youth Day, 12 August, 2017, focuses specifically on "Youth Building Peace". More

  •  On Guinea’s Tristao Islands, the NGO Partenariat Recherches Environnement Medias uses a grant from UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality to help rural women generate income and improve community life PHOTO: UN Women/Joe Saade

    Rights, results and resilience: Implementing the 2030 Agenda

    UN Women's 2016-2017 Annual Report showcases the many ways in which we support work at country and global level to turn the aims of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into results for women and girls worldwide. More

  • The opening of the Youth Forum at the 60th session of the Commission of the Status of Women, 11 March 2016 in New York. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

    Youth and gender equality

    There are 1.8 billion young people aged 10-24 in the world, the largest youth population ever. Of these, 600 million are adolescent girls and young women. UN Women seeks to empower young women and young men as partners in achieving gender equality. More

  • SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

    Achieving gender equality and sustainable development by 2030 will require stepping up efforts at all fronts. UN Women works to empower women and girls through all of its programmes and advocacy. More

  • “From where I stand” editorial series

    From where I stand...

    This editorial series captures the unique and powerful stories of people around the world, through compelling first-person accounts of their daily sustainable development challenges, and how they are bringing about change. 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

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Statement: World Humanitarian Day

On World Humanitarian Day, 19, August, UN Women fully supports the UN's #NotATarget campaign, and calls on everyone to "come together to change the status quo—for women and girls, and for all civilians caught up in crises". More

From where I stand
Emm Ali. Photo: UN Women/Christopher Herwig

Emm Ali

“With every thread [that] I wove, I felt like I was weaving away my sorrows...”

SDG 16 Peace Justice and strong institutions

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Peace and stability has to be built with youth
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

In her statement for International Youth Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka states "Peace and stability cannot be built without young women and men, and it cannot be built for them—it has to be built with them". More

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Beyond Tanganyika

Finess is a refugee in the Lusenda Camp in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Political violence in her hometown in Burundi forced Finess to flee across Lake Tanganyika in the middle of the night, leaving behind two daughters. With the help of UN Women’s Safe Spaces, Finess learns new skills and begins to save money for her return journey to Burundi.

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