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

United Nations General Assembly Hall. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown
In Focus: UN Women at the 73rd General Assembly

At the largest annual meeting of world leaders, gender equality and women’s empowerment is an important topic of discussion. The 73rd United Nations General Assembly is taking place at UN Headquarters in New York, under the theme, “Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.” The High-level General Debate, when Heads of State and Governments, and Ministerial delegations convene, begins on Tuesday, 25 September. More

  • UN Women Executive Director with the SDGs and Her Competition second-place winner Charlot Magay, owner of Mukuru Clean Stoves of Kenya. Photo: UN Women/Amanda Voisard

    Global winners of "SDGs and Her" Competition celebrated at New York event

    The global winners of the SDGs and Her Competition were celebrated at a side-event during the high-level week of the UN General Assembly. The contest—co-sponsored by the World Bank Group, UNDP, UN Women, and the Wharton School Zicklin Center—showcases women micro-entrepreneurs who are helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their businesses. More

  • UN Women Annual Report 2017-2018

    Annual Report 2017–2018

    This year’s annual report highlights some of the key results achieved in 2017–2018 in strengthening global norms and standards, increasing women’s leadership and political participation, enhancing economic empowerment, ending violence against women and girls, engaging women in all aspects of peace, security and humanitarian actions, and making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting. 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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“The potential of the 2030 Agenda is tremendous”
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

In remarks at the second Eurasian Women’s Forum Opening Ceremony, "Women for Global Security and Sustainable Development" in Saint Petersburg, Russia, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called for continued our momentum toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. More

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