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

A woman refugee in Burundi.
Women in humanitarian action

Ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit from 23-24 May, we highlight UN Women’s continuous work to ensure women are involved as equal partners and agents of change in humanitarian action. More

  • Distributing dignity kits in Nepal.

    Nepal: A year after the earthquakes

    As we approach the one-year mark since the earthquakes, a spotlight on Nepali women and girls, their stories and their solutions 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

  • CSW60

    In Focus: CSW60

    Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development was the focus of the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women from 14-24 March. Global leaders, NGOs, private sector and activists met to discuss how to ensure women and girls are at the forefront of plans to implement the new 15-year global development roadmap. 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

  • 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

From where I stand
Zaad Al-khair. Photo: UN Women/Christopher Herwig

Zaad Al-khair

“The day I fled to Jordan there was heavy shelling in my neighbourhood. There were bombings close to our house. It was very dangerous. We had no choice but to run away...”

SDG 1: No poverty

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Expert's take
Hiba Qasas. Photo: UN Women/Emad Karim

Hiba Qasas, Programme Advisor and Head of UN Women’s Arab States Section, details UN Women’s efforts to help unify Syrian women’s groups around a common agenda and amplify their voices and representation in peace negotiations. More

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Getting humanitarian action right for women and girls
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

In a statement ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul from 23-24 May, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says getting humanitarian action right for women is central to increasing the effectiveness of humanitarian response, bridging the gap with development, and accelerating the path to recovery for the millions affected. More

Featured video
New beginnings: Syrian women refugees in the Arab Region

For over two years, the government of Japan has supported a UN Women regional programme in the Arab States and North Africa for the economic empowerment of refugees and women breadwinners in refugee and host communities. The programme has so far supported 10 community centres in three refugee camps and in non-camp settings in Egypt and Lebanon. In Jordan, Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon 29,500 families benefited from UN Women's "Economic Empowerment of Syrian Refugees" programme.