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

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International Women’s Day

The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017, is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. The world of work is changing, with significant implications for women. Globalization and technological changes bring unprecedented opportunities. But the growing informality of labour, unstable livelihoods and incomes, and new fiscal and trade policies also impact women’s economic empowerment. On International Women’s Day, UN Women calls on all actors to Step It Up for Gender Equality so that the world of work works for all women. See the flyer and RSVP for the official UN commemoration of the International Women's Day. More

  • CSW61: Women in the changing world of work


    Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work will be the focus of the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 61) from 13-24 March. Global leaders, civil society and government representatives, private sector and activists will meet to mobilize and strategize, share new initiatives and commit actions to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

  • Women hurdlers during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty

    Timeline: Gender equality, 2016 year in review

    From the conviction of a Congolese warlord for crimes against humanity to Argentines taking to the streets to protest femicide and emojis getting a gender boost, this timeline is a selection of some of the gender equality achievements, milestones and lighter noteworthy moments from around the world this year. More

  • Planet 50-50 Step It  Up for Gender Equality

    World leaders Step It Up for gender equality

    More than 90 governments have made concrete commitments 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.” One year since then, momentum continues to rise as early results come in. From new laws to better policies for women and girls, commitments are turning into actions. More

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    UN Women Annual Report: 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

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    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
Ileana Crudu. Photo: Doina Stoicescu

Ileana Crudu

“In my community, most people believe that women are not as logical as men are. This affects the choices you make in life—it tells you that some jobs are just not for you...”

SDG 5: Gender Equality

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UN Women Flagship Programming initiatives

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. Read more

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“To leave no one behind, women and girls must be placed at the centre of efforts”
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

In her opening statement at the UN Women Executive Board First Regular Session for the year 2017, Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka announced: “The Strategic Plan for 2018-2021 frames our aspirations.” More

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Partners working to make Mexico City safe

As part of UN Women’s Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Initiative, Mexico City is taking measures to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls in public spaces.