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

Women and sport.
In focus: Scoring for gender equality through sport

In light of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, UN Women spotlights the remarkable achievements, persistent hurdles and unmatched potential of women and girls in sport. More

  • UN Women Annual report 2015-2016

    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

  • Anne Hathaway.

    Anne Hathaway announced as new UN Women Goodwill Ambassador

    The American award-winning actor will put the spotligh on the issue of the unequal burden of care work in the home as one of the key barriers to gender equality. 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

  • Women in humanitarian action

    When women are included in humanitarian action, the entire community benefits. On World Humanitarian Day, 19 August, we call for action to ensure that women play central roles in the rebuilding of their nations. More

  • 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

  • From where I stand...

    From where I stand...

    As part of a new editorial series, UN Women is capturing the unique and powerful stories of people around the world, to showcase their daily lives and challenges and how they are bringing about change. More

  • Step It Up Highlight

    World leaders commit to gender equality

    More than 90 world leaders have made concrete commitments and firm pledges 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.” More

Expert's take
A Policy Specialist for UN Women’s Peace and Security Division since 2010, Sarah Douglas is currently on a one-year secondment as the Gender Advisor for the UN Peacebuilding Support Office. Prior to joining UN Women, she worked for the UN Mission in Sudan and UNDP Sudan. She worked for UNIFEM Peace and Security in New York from 2003 to 2006.   She holds a Master’s degree in Gender and Development from the London School of Economics.   Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Sarah Douglas, a Policy Specialist for UN Women’s Peace and Security Division, on secondment as the Gender Advisor for the UN Peacebuilding Support Office, writes about the importance of funding for gender-responsive peacebuilding. More

From where I stand
Flor Isava-Fonseca. Photo: EFE/Miguel Gutierrez for UN Women

Flor Isava-Fonseca

“When I was elected to the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1990, it was something unheard of. The Committee had 11 men, no one thought they would see a woman sitting there...”

SDG 5: Gender Equality

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“The UN must lead by example”
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

In a statement following UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's comment that "It's high time now" for a women Secretary-General, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls on the UN to make this moment count for gender equality. More

Featured video
Changing the game for girls in South Africa

South Africa endures one of the world's most severe HIV epidemics, with new infections disproportionately affecting women and girls, with young women aged 15-24 having HIV infection rates three times as high as in young men. Grassroot Soccer uses football to educate and inspire girls to overcome their health challenges, live healthier, more productive lives, and be agents for change in their communities.