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

Chandra Kala Thapa, one of many smallholder women farmers from Ranichuri village in Sindhuli district, was barely able to produce enough grains to feed her family. With support from the Joint Programme, she converted her field from grain production to high-value vegetables. “Now the prices are good and the money comes on time. This was not the case when I used to cultivate grains instead of high-value vegetables,” she says.   Photo: UN Women/Narendra Shrestha
International Day of Rural Women

Rural women make up over a quarter the world population and majority of the 43 per cent of women in the global agricultural labour force. This year, International Day of Rural Women (15 October), focuses on the theme, “Challenges and opportunities in climate-resilient agriculture for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”. More

Get updates
International Day for Disaster Reduction
Huong Duong is a “communicator” on disaster risk reduction in My Thuy commune. Photo: UN Women Viet Nam/Hoang Hiep

On International Day for Disaster Reduction, we highlight the ways women in Viet Nam are leading their communities in preparing for disasters in ways that reduce negative impacts. More

HeForShe logo

Support UN Women’s efforts in the Caribbean. Donate now! Nadia John thanks Farmala Jacobs, acting Executive Director of the Directorate of Gender Affairs, after receiving a dignity kits following Hurricane Irma in Barbuda. Photo: Antigua and Barbuda Directorate of Gender Affairs/Nneka Nicholas.
Rural women: The invisible mainstay of sustainability
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

In a statement for the International Day of Rural Women (15 October), UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted the importance of the social and physical infrastructure that enables rural women’s participation in sustainable, climate-resilient agricultural production, processing, transport and marketing. More

Featured video
Empowering girls—before, during, and after crises

If we invest in girls before, during and after crises, they can rebuild their societies and help build a better future for all of us.

Planet 50–50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality