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Visit the Beijing+20 website

UN Women's Beijing+20 campaign is a call to action and imagination. Join us! More

  • Beijing+20 at CSW59

    From 9-20 March 2015, the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women reviewed progress and remaining challenges in implementing the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years on. More

  • Beijing 20 celebration

    Leaders and celebrities unveil Planet 50-50

    At a star-studded event in New York City, high-powered speakers took the stage to galvanize global attention, putting out a clarion call: a firm expiry date of 2030 for gender inequality, with real equality being nothing short of 50-50. More

  • Step It Up Highlight

    A call to governments

    "Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality" is a new UN Women initiative urging governments to make national commitments to ensure women and girls can reach their full potential by 2030. More

  • Youth voices highlight

    Post-Beijing voices

    They were toddlers in 1995 when the ground-breaking Beijing Platform for Action was adopted by global leaders. Some of them, not even born. Infusing fresh meaning into the complex concepts of gender equality, here’s their take on what a gender-equal world would look like. More

  • International Women's Day 2015

    The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, celebrated globally on 8 March, is the clarion call of UN Women’s Beijing+20 campaign “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!” More

  • Beijing+20: A world mobilized

    With new infographics and an interactive map, we shine a spotlight on the voices of global citizens which have been compiled over the past several months on the dedicated website for UN Women's campaign to mark the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action. More

  • Donor Contributions Gauge

    Government contributions grow, but not fast enough

    UN Women relies almost entirely on voluntary financial contributions to sustain its work and programmes for gender equality and women’s empowerment. The generous donations of Governments, private sector companies, foundations and individuals allow UN Women to deliver on its mandate and work with women and girls on the ground, where it is needed most. More

Call for Proposals Postcard
CSW 12 Critical Areas

Read more about UN Women's work to ensure that each of the Beijing Declaration's 12 critical areas of concern become a reality for women and girls everywhere. More

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“Change is coming. Change has to come”—Executive Director
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

Congratulating UN Member States, civil society and the UN system for a dynamic and forward-looking CSW session, UN Women Executive Director in her closing speech underlined that the post-2015 development agenda has to put gender equality at the core of sustainable development. More

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Give mom back her name: #MyMothersNameIs

For men in Egypt and in many other countries in the Middle East, there is a peculiar taboo of not disclosing one's mother’s name in public, lest her name become a subject of shame and ridicule. Over time, she’s only referred to as ‘The mother of her eldest son’. UN Women’s 'Give Mom Back Her Name’ initiative is a simple yet powerful one that aims to eradicate this taboo and give mothers in Egypt and the Middle East their names back in public fora.