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

After a week of walking barefoot, Senu and her three sisters reached Bangladesh, tired, hungry and thirsty, having left their home in fear of the escalating violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar.
Photo Essay: "I want to live in peace"

In the makeshift refugee camps in Bangladesh, Rohingya women who have fled violence in Myanmar, share stories of loss and hopes of recovery. More

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    Gender equality through the cartoonists’ lens

    Humour and satire have great potential to bring visibility to and foster critical thinking on gender equality issues. Cartooning for Peace a non-profit international network of 162 editorial cartoonists from 59 different countries, has joined forces with UN Women to showcase how Editorial cartoonists around the world are helping to end gender discrimination with spirited and thoughtful depictions of the inequalities and injustices women face. More

  • International Girls in ICT Day.

    Infographic: Women tech heroes

    Meet some on the women in tech inspiring the next generation. More

  • 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

  • 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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Statement: International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

This year, on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, we celebrate ten years since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council’s landmark resolution 1820, which classified the use of conflict-related sexual violence as an impediment to the restoration of international peace and security. More

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The Spotlight Initiative: Eliminating violence and harmful practices against women and girls
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

In a joint op-ed, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka Executive Director of UN Women, Natalia Kanem Executive Director of UN Population Fund and Achim Steiner, Administrator of UN Development Programme, emphasize the importance of the Spotlight Initiative, an unprecedented, multi-year partnership between the European Union and the United Nations, with 500 million euros in seed funding from the EU. More

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Why do women in peacekeeping matter?

Women are powerful actors in sustaining peace but they make up a minority of UN Peacekeeping forces around the world. UN Women supports trainings that prepare female military officers for peacekeeping operations.

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