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

Highlights
Highlights
Women in Haiti. Photo: MINUSTAH
Editorial spotlight: What does gender have to do with reducing and addressing disaster risk?

With natural disasters on the rise—445 million people were affected last year alone, according to UNISDR (the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction)—the The fifth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, taking place in Cancun, Mexico, will focus on how to prevent disasters and reduce the loss of lives, as well as economic and infrastructure losses. More

  • “From where I stand” editorial series

    From where I stand...

    This editorial series captures the unique and powerful stories of people around the world, through compelling first-person accounts of their daily sustainable development challenges, and how they are bringing about change. More

  • Photo: UN Photo/Sylvain Lietchti

    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

  • 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

  • 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

Get updates
Statement: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

On this International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), UN Women joins with the international community to support the LGBTI community and “Celebrate Family Diversity”. We stand firmly behind the full human rights of all LGBTI people. Violations of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people undermines the shared international goal of gender equality. Addressing and ending such violations is part of the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s promise to leave no one behind. More ►

HeForShe logo

Donate now
Gender equality can save women’s lives in disasters
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

In an op-ed ahead of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Robert Glasser, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, highlight the importance of recognizing the greater risks women experience and their unique roles in resilience building, disaster response and recovery. More

Video
Featured video
Nepal earthquake 2015: Women respond

Women's groups in Nepal speak about the impact of the 2015 earthquake, and reveal what daily challenges women face as they overcome the post-disaster period.