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UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

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

  • Women in Brazil march for women's rights. Photo: UN Women/Bruno Spada

    International Women’s Day

    The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. Coming on the heels of unprecedented global momentum for women’s rights, equality, safety and justice, the theme highlights empowering women in all settings, rural and urban, and the activists who are working relentlessly to claim women’s rights and realize their full potential. Echoing the priority theme of the upcoming 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, International Women’s Day will also draw attention to the rights and activism of rural women, who make up over a quarter the world population and a significant majority of women in agricultural labour force. More

  • A women at work at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) Agrobiodiversity Research Area.  Photo: CIAT/Neil Palmer

    In Focus: International Day of Women and Girls in Science

    Bridging the gender gap in science is vital for achieving sustainable development and fulfilling the promise of the 2030 Agenda to “leave no one behind”. On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 11 February, we take a stand for women and girls in science and work to break the stereotypes that hold them back. For a future that benefits women equally as men, now is the time to smash the gender bias and enable girls and women to access and excel in science. More

  • Timeline: Gender equality, 2017 year in review

    From the rise of the #Metoo movement to numerous new laws on violence against women and the conviction of the ‘butcher of Bosnia’ for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity, including sexual violence, this timeline is a selection of some of the noteworthy moments for women’s rights and gender equality from around the world this year. More

  • Interactive: Violence against Women explore the issue

    Interactive experience: Violence against Women

    Violence against women Violence against women and girls manifests itself in many different forms. Whether at home, on the streets or during war, it is a human rights violation of pandemic proportions that takes place in public and private spaces. 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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Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

UN Women’s new flagship report provides a comprehensive and authoritative assessment of progress, gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a gender perspective. The report monitors global and regional trends in achieving the SDGs for women and girls based on available data, and provides practical guidance for the implementation of gender-responsive policies and accountability processes.

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Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka’s speech to the UN Women Executive Board, First Regular Session of 2018
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

In a speech at the UN Women Executive Board, First Regular Session of 2018, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka spoke about the implementation of UN Women's new Strategic Plan, and emphasized the importance of technology and collaboration in the new development landscape. More

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The facts about gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals

More than two years into the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, gender equality is fundamental to delivering on the promises of sustainability, peace and human progress. How far have we come in turning the 2030 Agenda into results for women and girls on the ground, and what is needed to bridge the remaining gaps between rhetoric and reality?

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