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

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Women hurdlers during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty
Timeline: Gender equality, 2016 year in review

From the conviction of a Congolese warlord for crimes against humanity to Argentines taking to the streets to protest femicide and emojis getting a gender boost, this timeline is a selection of some of the gender equality achievements, milestones and lighter noteworthy moments from around the world this year. More

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    In Focus: Invest and mobilize to end violence against women

    Impacting one in three women worldwide, violence against women and girls devastates lives, causes untold pain and incurs high economic costs. Yet, robust funding for efforts to end this violence remains woefully insufficient. For the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, from 25 November to 10 December, Orange the World and mobilize resources to end this global pandemic. 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

  • UN Women Annual report 2015-2016

    UN Women Annual Report: Fast forwarding to the future we want

    As UN Women turns five, the Annual Report 2015-2016 highlights our key achievements in the last year, and efforts to turn the promise of the SDGs into reality for women and girls through stepped-up partnerships with civil society, private sector, the media, and others. More

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    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

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Flagship programmes
UN Women Flagship Programming initiatives

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. Read more

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

In her statement for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights effective interventions, and reiterates that the pandemic of violence against women and girls can end, but it will need commitment and investment, nationally and internationally. More

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Was 2016 a good year for women?

As 2016 ends, let's look back at what we've achieved, and keep fighting for gender equality in 2017.