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Women2000: Women and decision-making

Posted on October 1, 1997

The importance of women's participation in decision-making at all levels has been stressed at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing as a matter of their human rights. More

Women2000: Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict: United Nations Response

Posted on April 1, 1998

Many of the steps taken to address sexual violence against women during armed conflict have occurred within the framework of the United Nations. More

1999 World Survey on the Role of Women in Development: Globalization, Gender and Work

Posted on January 1, 1999

The World Survey, a flagship publication of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs issued every five years, constitutes a basic document for the June 2000 Special Session of the General Assembly, "Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the Twenty-First Century". More

Progress of the World's Women 2000

Posted on January 1, 2000

Launched in June of 2000, "Progress of the World's Women" is UNIFEM's biennial investigation of progress made towards a world where women live free from violence, poverty and inequality. More

Women at the Peace Table: Making a Difference

Posted on January 1, 2000

Despite comprising more than 50 percent of the world's population, women continue to remain under-represented as peace negotiators, whether in the context of a leader, decision-maker or elected official. More

Women2000: Widowhood: invisible women, secluded or excluded

Posted on December 1, 2001

This issue of Women2000 provides an overview of the situation of widows across the globe, and their particular vulnerability to marginalization and invisibility across different regions of the world. More

Gender Budget Initiatives: Strategies, Concepts and Experiences

Posted on January 1, 2002

Efforts to analyze national and local budgets from the perspective of gender are growing throughout the world, in almost every region. "Gender Budget Initiatives" brings together the insights and analysis from the 2001 International Conference on Gender Budget Initiatives in Belgium. More

Progress of the World's Women 2002, Volume 2: Gender Equality and the Millennium Development Goals

Posted on January 1, 2002

There are more than 140 million illiterate young people in the world; more than half (86 million) are women. This is one example of why 189 nations adopted women's empowerment and gender equality as one of the eight Millennium Development goals set during the 1990s. More

Women, War, Peace: The Independent Experts’ Assessment on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Women and Women’s Role in Peace-Building (Progress of the World’s Women 2002, Vol. 1)

Posted on January 1, 2002

Historically, the world has been silent about the situation of women in war, almost as silent as the women who remain on the sidelines during war or who are excluded from peace negotiations. In addition, women often lack the confidence and the knowledge needed to participate in peace building and reconstruction. More

Women2000: Gender Dimensions of Ageing

Posted on May 1, 2002

This issue of Women2000 on the gender dimensions of ageing highlights the inequalities faced by older women as a result of their gender-based roles in society, as well as the important role older women play at the family and community levels and possible measures to strengthen their positive contribution. More

Budgeting for Equity: Gender Budget Initiatives Within a Framework of Performance Oriented Budgeting

Posted on January 1, 2003

Gender budget analysis looks at how financial resources are allocated with respect to different genders. Since 2001, UNIFEM has been supporting gender budget analysis in more than 20 countries. Budgets matter because they determine how governments mobilize and allocate public resources. More

Women2000 and Beyond: Women, nationality and citizenship

Posted on June 1, 2003

This issue of Women2000 and Beyond highlights discrimination against women by examining laws that differentiate between women and men in the acquisition and retention of nationality, including the nationality of their children. More

Economics and Gender: Macroeconomics, Fiscal Policy and Liberalization: An Analysis of Their Impact on Women

Posted on January 1, 2004

This book (in Spanish) focuses on macroeconomics, fiscal policy and trade liberalization, and their impact on women. It includes a series of presentations made at a course on the subject organized by UNIFEM, ECLAC, ILPES and the national women's mechanisms of Chile, SERNAM, and some key articles from the special edition of World Development on feminist economics. More

Women2000 and Beyond: Making Risky Environments Safer: Women Building Sustainable and Disaster-Resilient Environments

Posted on April 1, 2004

This issue of Women2000 and Beyond addresses gender issues in disaster reduction and sustainable development. It provides a gender analysis of the increasing risks and the impacts of disasters, and discusses the notions of risk and physical and social vulnerability from a gender perspective. More

2004 World Survey on the Role of Women in Development: Women and International Migration

Posted on January 1, 2005

A gender perspective is essential to understanding both the causes and consequences of international migration. Female migrants are increasingly part of worker flows, moving on their own to become the principal wage-earners for their families. More

Progress of the World’s Women 2005: Women, Work and Poverty

Posted on January 1, 2005

This report marks the fifth anniversary of the UN Millennium Declaration and the tenth anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action. More

Securing the Peace: Guiding the International Community towards Women's Effective Participation throughout Peace Processes

Posted on January 1, 2005

The overarching goal envisioned in this publication is a locally driven, locally owned and inclusive process wherein women can assert their right to participate in the decisions being taken about their future and which will result in the signing and implementation of a gender-sensitive peace agreement. More

Women2000 and Beyond: Women and Water

Posted on February 1, 2005

This issue of Women2000 and Beyond on women and water discusses gender perspectives of a growing water crisis and the evolution of the international policy on water. More

Women2000 and Beyond: Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women through ICT

This issue of Women2000 and Beyond focuses on the gender digital divide. It reviews the gender dimensions of ICT and how the United Nations has addressed the issues of gender equality and ICT. More

CEDAW and Security Council Resolution 1325: A Quick Guide

Posted on January 1, 2006

Established international norms and standards promote the protection of women during armed conflict and their participation in peace and security decision-making. Two sets of standards, UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security (UNSCR 1325), and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), are critical tools for moving the gender equality agenda forward in conflict and postconflict situations. More

Ending violence against women: From words to action. Study of the Secretary-General

Posted on January 1, 2006

The UN Secretary-General's in-depth study on all forms of violence against women, mandated by General Assembly resolution 58/185, aims to highlight the persistence and unacceptability of all forms of violence against women in all parts of the world. More

The Story Behind the Numbers: Women and Employment in Central and Eastern Europe and the Western Commonwealth of Independent States

Posted on January 1, 2006

This report examines women's labour market situation in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Western Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in the context of the social and economic transformations in the region in the past 15 years. More

Call Circulars and Gender Budget Statements, UNIFEM 2006

Posted on January 1, 2006

The guidance sheet series is produced by UNIFEM?s Gender Responsive Budgeting Program to assist government officials and gender equality advocates in their efforts to make gender responsive budgeting a reality in their countries. More

25 years of work of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CD-Rom)

Posted on January 1, 2007

This CD-ROM provides easy access to 25 years of work of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in monitoring the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in States parties between 1983 and 2007. More

Policy Briefing Paper: Gender Sensitive Police Reform in Post Conflict Societies

Posted on January 1, 2007

This briefing paper reviews UNIFEM and UNDP experiences in building the capacity of police services to respond to women's security needs. The paper distinguishes between internal reforms to facilitate recruitment of larger numbers of women, and reforms to police operational and accountability systems. More

Women2000 and Beyond: Women, gender equality and sport

Posted on December 1, 2007

In addition to improvements in health, sport provides women and girls with an opportunity for participation in the social and cultural life of their communities and promotes enjoyment of freedom of expression, interpersonal networks, and increased self-esteem. More

Budgeting for Women’s Rights: Monitoring Government Budgets for Compliance with CEDAW: A Summary Guide for Policy Makers, Gender Equality and Human Rights Advocates

Posted on January 1, 2008

This a summary booklet based on Diane Elson's book Monitoring Government Budgets for Compliance with CEDAW. It articulates what it means to take an explicitly rights-based approach to government budgets and draws on the lessons of gender budget initiatives (GBI) around the world. More

Progress of the World’s Women 2008/2009: Who Answers to Women

Posted on January 1, 2008

While great strides have been made in commitments to women's rights, there is a long way to go to fully realize these rights. At present, at least 1 in 3 women and girls are victim to gender-based violence, 60 percent of all unpaid family workers globally are women and 57 percent of children out of school are girls. More

Women2000 and Beyond: Rural women in a changing world: Opportunities and challenges

Posted on October 1, 2008

Women play a critical role in the rural economies of both developed and developing countries. In most parts of the developing world, they participate in crop production and livestock care, provide food, water and fuel for their families, and engage in off-farm activities to diversify the family income. More

Women 2000 and Beyond: The role of men and boys in achieving gender equality

Posted on December 1, 2008

Gender equality is not a women's issue; it concerns men and boys as well as women and girls. Garnering sufficient support for the profound social changes required by the gender equality agenda cannot be achieved by women alone. More

2009 World Survey on the Role of Women in Development: Women's control over economic resources and access to financial resources, including microfinance.

Posted on January 1, 2009

The World Survey on the Role of Women in Development is the flagship publication of the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women. More

Results-Based Initiatives – Women’s Economic Empowerment Works. We Can Prove It.

Posted on January 1, 2009

Empowering women and achieving gender equality are key to driving economies and reducing feminized poverty. More

Towards Gender Equality in Humanitarian Response: Addressing the Needs of Women and Men in Gaza. A Guidebook for the Humanitarian Sector

Posted on January 1, 2009

The already grave humanitarian situation caused by the 18-month-long blockade of the Gaza Strip was compounded by Israel's 23-day military offensive in December 2008 and January 2009. The social and economic repercussions spread across all sectors of Gazan society, but were also mediated by men's and women's gender roles and identities. More

Women and Local Economies, Territories, Knowledge and Power: Recognizing the processes of women entrepreneurship in the rural areas of Central America

Posted on January 1, 2009

Mujeres y Economias Locales, territorios, saberes y poderes represents the first product that MyDEL Programme delivered as part of its first phase.Through this project, the programme sought to generate research-reflection-action-advocacy-based knowledge, all of it with an aim to propose models and tools for equitable and sustainable development models. More

Addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence – An Analytical Inventory of Peacekeeping Practice

Posted on January 1, 2010

Despite increased attention to the women, peace and security agenda since the UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 1325 in October 2000, major analytical and implementation gaps remain. One such gap is the effort to combat conflict-related sexual violence — the premise of subsequent Security Council resolutions 1820 and 1888 — and the potential of uniformed peacekeepers to help fight such violence. More

Agreed Conclusions of the Commission on the Status of Women on the Critical Areas of Concern of the Beijing Platform for Action 1996-2009

Posted on January 1, 2010

As the preparatory body for the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women was mandated by the General Assembly to play a central role in monitoring the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. More

Evaluation Report: United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women

Posted on January 1, 2010

Established in 1996 by a UN General Assembly Resolution, the UN Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women is a multilateral mechanism supporting national efforts to end violence against women and girls. It is administered by UNIFEM on behalf of the UN System. More

A Manager’s Guide to Gender Equality– and Human Rights–Responsive Evaluation

Posted on January 1, 2010

A Manager's Guide to Gender Equality- and Human Rights-Responsive Evaluation This practical, online guide aims to help those initiating, managing and/or using gender equality (GE)- and human rights (HR)-responsive evaluations. It is intended for all international development professionals who deliver or manage programmes and projects, including those whose primary focus is HR, GE and women's empowerment and those where HR/GE are mainstreamed or crosscutting. More

Brief on ‘How do donors collectively address gender issues in their aid management practices at country level?’

Posted on January 1, 2010

The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (PD) commits donors and partner countries to reform aid management and delivery in order to strengthen its development outcomes. Through the Declaration, development partners commit to implementing common arrangements for planning, funding, disbursing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting on donor activities and aid flows at country level. To respond to these requirements, donors have collectively put in place a number of mechanisms to better coordinate and manage aid. More

Brief on ‘How do Individual donors address gender Issues in their policy, programming, and financing?’

Posted on January 1, 2010

Donors, both individually and collectively, have made numerous commitments to advance gender equality through their official development assistance (ODA). For instance, the European Commission (EC) has acknowledged that gender equality is a fundamental human right and instrumental to achieving the MDGs. More

Democracy: With Women, For Women

Posted on January 1, 2010

democratic governance around the world. The following pages probe, in a concise fashion, what was achieved through seven grants to improve women's political participation in a diverse set of countries and regions. A series of project profiles, drawn from reports and independent evaluations, summarizes objectives and activities, results, challenges, lessons and ideas for future work. More

Evaluation Report: UNIFEM’s Work on Gender-Responsive Budgeting

Posted on January 1, 2010

Gender-Responsive Budgeting (GRB) has become an internationally acknowledged tool for supporting implementation of commitments towards achieving gender equality and the realization of women's rights. UNIFEM contributes extensively to building interest, capacity and commitment to incorporate a gender equality perspective in budgetary processes and practices. Since 2001, UNIFEM has supported GRB initiatives in more than 35 countries and has positioned itself as a leading player in GRB in the UN system. More

Gender Responsive Budgeting and Women’s Reproductive Rights: A Resource Pack

Posted on January 1, 2010

This resource pack provides relevant knowledge to facilitate mainstreaming gender-responsive approaches into reproductive health programmes, and the inclusion of specific aspects of gender inequality and disadvantage into national policy frameworks. More

Gender Responsive Budgeting in Practice: A Training Manual

Posted on January 1, 2010

This training manual was produced under a UNFPA/UNIFEM strategic partnership aimed at developing a coordinated approach for effective technical assistance to gender-responsive budgeting (GRB). It is intended to build capacity in the application of gender budget analysis. More

Evaluation Report: UNIFEM’s Partnerships with Regional Organizations to Advance Gender Equality

Posted on January 1, 2010

This evaluation analyses UNIFEM's Partnerships with Regional Organizations to Advance Gender Equality. This is one of three corporate evaluations undertaken by UNIFEM between 2008 and 2009, and it sets out to assess the relevance, effectiveness and sustainability of the organization's work with regional inter-governmental organizations globally, with an in-depth focus on Africa, Latin-America and the Caribbean. More

Gender Justice: Key to Achieving the Millennium Development Goals

Posted on January 1, 2010

The Millennium Declaration and the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) collectively herald a vision for a more just and equal world. Social, political and economic equality for women is integral to the achievement of all Millennium Development Goals. More

Gender-Responsive Budgeting in South Eastern Europe: UNIFEM Experiences

Posted on January 1, 2010

This publication captures lessons learned in the course of the UNIFEM project on gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) in South Eastern Europe (SEE). The project “Gender-responsive budgeting in South Eastern Europe: Advancing Gender Equality and Democratic Governance through Increased Transparency and Accountability was implemented in four countries - Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia, and Serbia - in the period August 2006 to June 2010. More

Ending Violence against Women and Girls: UNIFEM Strategy and Information Kit

Posted on January 1, 2010

This information kit succinctly presents UNIFEM's (part of UN Women) corporate strategy 2008-2013, A Life Free of Violence: Unleashing the Power of Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality, including flyers on select major initiatives, such as the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, Safe Cities for Women and Girls, the Virtual Global Knowledge Centre, and other priority areas of work, including the intersections of violence with HIV and sexual violence in conflict situations. More

Introduction to Gender Responsive Budgeting and Aid Effectiveness

Posted on January 1, 2010

This series of knowledge briefs was produced on the basis of research carried out under the European Commission-supported programme ‘Integrating Gender Responsive Budgeting into the Aid Effectiveness Agenda'. More

Knowledge briefs - GRB/Aid Effectiveness

Posted on January 1, 2010

This series of knowledge briefs available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese was produced on the basis of research carried out under a UNIFEM programme -Integrating Gender Responsive Budgeting into the Aid Effectiveness Agenda- funded by the European Commission. More

Making the MDGs Work Better for Women

Posted on January 1, 2010

It is now recognized that sustainable human development cannot be achieved without gender equality. Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 hinges on making tangible progress with regard to gender equality and women's empowerment, not only as a goal in itself (MDG3), but also in the achievement of all the other goals. More

Summaries of country reports

Posted on January 1, 2010

The following country summaries outline the main findings of the country research conducted under the European Commission (EC)/UNIFEM programme ‘Integrating Gender Responsive Budgeting into the Aid Effectiveness Agenda'. More

Getting It Right, Doing It Right: Gender and Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration

Posted on January 1, 2010

Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security is groundbreaking because of the breadth of its coverage - each paragraph relates to a sector of the international peace and security agenda of the Security Council, including peace negotiations, decision-making, refugee camps, mine-clearance and sanctions, in addition to disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR). More

Outreach: Stakeholder Forum Newsletter on the 2010 Climate Change Talks in Cancun

Posted on January 1, 2010

Outreach is a multi-stakeholder newsletter published by the Stakeholder Forum and co-sponsored by UNIFEM (part of UN Women). This particular series highlights the stakeholder perspectives daily during the Conference of Parties (COP16) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Cancun, Mexico, from 29 November to 10 December 2010. More

Pakistan Floods 2010 – Rapid Gender Needs Assessment of Flood-Affected Communities

Posted on January 1, 2010

Following the floods in the Summer of 2010 that have affected the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in Pakistan, UNIFEM is working to ensure that gender concerns are fully integrated into relief and recovery operations. More

Transforming the National AIDS Response: Advancing Women’s Leadership and Participation

Posted on January 1, 2010

Transforming the National AIDS Response: Advancing Women's Leadership and Participation is the second in a series of resource guides dedicated to highlighting strategies for incorporating gender equality and women's rights into national HIV and AIDS responses. This publication discusses various approaches for advancing women's leadership and meaningful participation of HIV-positive women in the AIDS response. More

(un)Equal Rights, (un)Equal Opportunities: 30 Years of CEDAW, 30 Stories of Women in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Posted on January 1, 2010

Although women's human rights have advanced in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), serious legal and cultural barriers in numerous aspects of women's daily life have prevented their rights from fully being realized. More

Guidance sheet on ‘How can aid be gender responsive in the context of the new aid modalities? Lessons from gender responsive budgeting initiatives’

Posted on January 1, 2010

The principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (PD) (2005) demonstrate a global commitment to reform aid management modalities, and improve the quality of aid so that it contributes to the achievement of collectively agreed development goals, such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). More

Thematic Paper on MDG3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

Posted on January 1, 2010

This paper is a chapter of a United Nations Development Group (UNDG) publication titled UNDG Millennium Development Goals Thematic Papers. The chapter focuses on Millennium Development Goal no. 3 (MDG3): Promote Gender Equality and Empoewr Women, and was produced collaboratively by UNDG members, led by UNIFEM and UNDP. More

UNIFEM Resources on Women, Peace and Security

Posted on January 1, 2010

UNIFEM (part of UN Women) has long been a partner to women in conflict-affected areas: bringing women together across geographic or political lines to agree on common positions in peace negotiations or post-conflict elections; supporting their engagement with security and justice institutions to stop impunity for violence against women; facilitating their inclusion in post-conflict planning processes to ensure their needs are addressed; and strengthening their engagement with peacekeeping forces to encourage creative responses to the considerable security threats women face. More

Women Count for Peace: The 2010 Open Days on Women, Peace and Security

Posted on January 1, 2010

At the heart of landmark UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security (2000) are commitments to enable women's contributions to all stages of peacebuilding, peacemaking, peacekeeping and conflict prevention. More

Women in Politics: 2010 (Map)

Posted on January 1, 2010

Published by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Division for the Advancement of Women, the map provides a visual representation of the percentage of women in politics throughout the world, including women in parliaments and ministerial positions, and as heads of State or Government. More

Fund for Gender Equality Brochure

Posted on March 1, 2010

This brochure offers an insider's view of the Fund for Gender Equality, a new and unprecedented grantmaking programme of UN Women. More

Occupied Palestinian Territory Sabaya Programme Evaluation Report

Posted on March 1, 2010

Initiated in 2004 in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Sabaya was UNIFEM's (now UN Women's) largest programme in the occupied Palestinian territory, benefiting more than 25,000 Palestinian rural and marginalized women both in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. More

Unleashing the Potential of Women Informal Cross Border Traders to Transform Intra-African Trade

Posted on March 1, 2010

Empowering women in informal cross border trading has a positive multiplier effect on poverty reduction, economic growth, government revenues and employment creation, among other factors. In Africa, for instance, the contribution of women informal traders to national GDP amounts to 64 percent of value added in trade in Benin, 46 percent in Mali and 41 percent in Chad. More

Manual: Multi-Sectoral Approach to Women’s Rights in Africa

Posted on June 1, 2010

Even though many African governments have ratified international and regional human rights treaties and have made commitments to respect, promote and protect women's rights and to eliminate discrimination against women, the translation of these commitments into national laws, policies and programmes remains a challenge. More

Migration, Remittances and Gender-Responsive Local Development

Posted on July 1, 2010

This series of case studies focuses on the sending, transfer, receipt, and utilization of remittances. It affirms that gender influences and shapes the movement and experiences of migrants and their communities in both origin and destination countries. Case studies include: Albania, the Dominican Republic, Lesotho, Morocco, the Philippines, and Senegal. More

Improvement of the status of women in the United Nations system: Report of the Secretary-General (2010)

Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 64/141, the present report provides information on the status of women in the United Nations system, including up-to-date statistics, information on progress made and obstacles encountered in achieving gender balance, and recommendations for accelerating progress. More

Migration, Remittances and Gender sensitive Local Development: The case of the Dominican Republic

Posted on October 1, 2010

Migration, Remittances and Gender-sensitive local development: the case of the Dominican Republic, provides a gender perspective on the migratory corridor between Las Placetas and the United States. More

Vision 2015: The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women Strategy 2010–2015

Posted on November 1, 2010

The Strategy of the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women identifies the key roles the UN Trust Fund can play in the coming years, including driving country- and local-level implementation of existing policies and laws, serving as a global hub of knowledge on “what works, and catalysing strong and coherent UN system-wide action to support countries in addressing the violence against women pandemic. More

Progress of the World’s Women: In Pursuit of Justice

Posted on January 1, 2011

The past century has seen a transformation in women's legal rights, with countries in every region expanding the scope of women's legal entitlements. Nevertheless for many of the world's women the laws that exist on paper do not translate to equality and justice. More

UN Women Brochure

Posted on February 1, 2011

UN Women is the global champion for women and girls. Its 2010 establishment, applauded around the globe, offers a historic opportunity to jump-start progress for women and for societies. More

The United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women: Annual Report 2010

Posted on March 1, 2011

The 2010 Annual Report of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) highlights innovative programmes and promising practices in the field of ending violence against women and girls. Results described in this report focus on the UN Trust Fund's investments in three priority areas: prevention, expanding access to survivor services, and strengthening implementation of laws, policies and action plans. More

UNIFEM Strategic Plan (2008–2011) Evaluability Assessment

Posted on March 1, 2011

This study is an analysis of the UNIFEM Strategic Plan (2008-2011), its associated results frameworks and institutional systems. It assesses UNIFEM's experience of implementing the Strategic Plan, with a view to informing the new strategic planning process of UN Women. It is aimed at all members of UN Women and relevant partners, at headquarters, sub-regional and country levels, plus any interested external partners. More

Cross-Sectoral National Gender Strategy (occupied Palestinian territory): Promoting Gender Equality and Equity 2011-2013

Posted on May 1, 2011

Developed by the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Women's Affairs with the support of UN Women, the Cross-Sectoral National Gender Strategy for the occupied Palestinian territory serves as a practical road map for the government to address gender-related issues on the national agenda and supports the implementation of the 2011-2013 Palestinian National Plan. More

Exploring the Dynamics and Vulnerabilities of HIV Transmission Amongst Sex Workers in the Palestinian Context

Posted on June 1, 2011

Supported by UN Women, Exploring the Dynamics and Vulnerabilities of HIV Transmission Amongst Sex Workers in the Palestinian Context aims to emphasize the importance of strengthening the current national HIV and AIDS policy in the oPt, dispel stigmas attached to sex work and call for greater efforts to prevent sexual exploitation and support reintegration. More

Handbook for national action plans on violence against women

Posted on June 1, 2011

The adoption and implementation of multi-sectoral national plans of action to address violence against women is one of the five key outcomes which the Secretary-General's campaign “UNiTE to end violence against women aims to achieve in all countries by 2015. More

Progress of the World’s Women: In Pursuit of Justice

Posted on July 1, 2011

The past century has seen a transformation in women's legal rights, with countries in every region expanding the scope of women's legal entitlements. Nevertheless for many of the world's women the laws that exist on paper do not translate to equality and justice. More

Annual Report 2010-2011

Posted on August 15, 2011

The Annual Report documents UN Women’s work to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality around the world. It highlights some of the organization’s initiatives during the year and provides summary financial statements, a list of new programmes and projects, and contact information. More

The Mehwar Centre: Evaluation of Policies and Procedures

Posted on October 1, 2011

The Mehwar Centre opened its doors in February 2007 with the mission to address gender- based violence in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). Since its opening, the centre has sheltered approximately 150 women and 40 children victims of violence. More

Women’s Empowerment Principles: Equality Means Business

Posted on October 1, 2011

Empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors is essential to build stronger economies, achieve internationally agreed goals for development and sustainability, and improve the quality of life for women, men, families and communities. The private sector is a key partner in efforts to advance gender equality and empower women. More

[Poster] UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security

Posted on October 1, 2011

This poster provides a breakdown of UN Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security highlighting the relevant main actors behind the resolutions as well as the monitoring, reporting and accountability mechanisms in place for each resolution. More

Mapping of Grantees’ Outcomes- The United Trust Fund To End Violence Against Women (2006 to Mid 2011)

Posted on November 1, 2011

The Mapping of Grantees' Outcomes by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women presents the findings of the first UN Trust Fund Outcome Mapping exercise conducted between February and July 2011 that sheds light on which approaches are proving most successful to ending violence against women as well as on where the Fund's investments are most effective and relevant to its objectives and priorities. More

Outreach: Stakeholder Forum Newsletter on the 2011 Climate Change and Sustainable Development Talks in Durban

Posted on November 1, 2011

Outreach is a multi-stakeholder newsletter, published by the Stakeholder Forum and co-sponsored by UN Women. It highlights stakeholder perspectives daily during the Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. More

United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women – Together for a Better Tomorrow

Posted on November 1, 2011

Today, violence against women is a fact of life in communities and countries across the world. It transcends the bounds of geography, race, culture, class and religion. It ranges from intimate partner violence to the use of rape as a weapon of war, from sexual harassment in public spaces to harmful practices like child marriage. More

Who Answers to Gazan Women?: An Economic Security and Rights Research

Posted on November 1, 2011

“Who Answers to Gazan Women? is a new UN Women research in the occupied Palestinian territory that exposes the varying coping strategies Gazan women have employed to compensate for their household's income collapse under the combined impacts of Israeli siege, internal political strife, military destruction and ongoing economic blockade. More

Prevent, Combat, Protect: Human Trafficking

Posted on December 1, 2011

Prevent, Combat, Protect: Human Trafficking is a joint UNHCR, OHCHR, UNICEF, UNODC, ILO and UN Women commentary on selected articles of the EU Directive on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting victims. More

The Gender Dividend: A Business Case for Gender Equality

Posted on December 1, 2011

The Gender Dividend: A Business Case for Gender Equality presents the case for investments and actions — on an unprecented scale — to broaden the range of real opportunities open to the world's 3.5 billion women and girls. More

Systematization of evaluations on human rights and gender equality in Latin America – joint research study with UN Women Evaluation Office and Inclusion y Equidad NGO

The report analyses evaluations carried out in the region from a gender equality and human rights responsive evaluation approach looking at their achievements and challenges of design and implementation from the perspective of capacity building and knowledge generation. Main recommendations focus on the need to integrate in depth a gender equality approach in the evaluation; increase investment in capacity development, strengthen monitoring and evaluation systems within programmes and reinforce information systems as well as knowledge sharing and learning. More

UN Women in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Posted on January 1, 2012

UN Women in Eastern Europe and Central Asia More

Transforming the National AIDS Response

Posted on January 6, 2012

This resource guide provides examples of national strategies, from transforming national and local institutions in order to break through the silence and stigma that surround AIDS and HIV, to working with communities to change attitudes and behaviours that facilitate its spread. They show what can be done when women and men living with HIV are engaged and empowered to make their needs heard and to help design solutions. More

Joint Sri Lanka Evaluation Association and UN Women publication on Evaluation

Posted on January 15, 2012

As part of the networking and partnership activities, the EO supported 2011 Sri Lanka Evaluation Association (SLEvA) international conference by providing bursaries to four practitioners/researchers who have been working in the area of gender and evaluation. After the conference, a peer-review of the research topics was undertaken by the group of the four practitioners/researchers in collaboration with the monitoring and evaluation unit of the sub-regional office for South Asia as well as the regional evaluation specialist. This resulted in a joint publication titled “Reflecting on Gender Equality and Human Rights in Evaluation”. More

Outreach: RIO+20 Discussions –The Zero Draft

Posted on February 1, 2012

Outreach: RIO+20 Discussions –The Zero Draft More

UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women – Annual Donor Report 2011

Posted on March 1, 2012

UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women – Annual Donor Report 2011 More

Analytical Overview of the UN Joint Gender Programmes Portfolio

Posted on April 1, 2012

This report is a pre-study to support the scoping process for the future Evaluation of Joint Gender Programmes (JPGs) in the UN system, which will evaluate the UN's joint programmes in the area of gender equality, women's rights and women's empowerment. More

From Transition to Transformation: sustainable and inclusive development in Europe and Central Asia

Posted on April 1, 2012

From Transition to Transformation: sustainable and inclusive development in Europe and Central Asia More

Gender Justice: Key to Achieving the Millennium Development Goals

Posted on April 1, 2012

Gender Justice: Key to Achieving the Millennium Development Goals More

The MDGs in Europe and Central Asia: achievements, challenges and the way forward

Posted on April 1, 2012

The MDGs in Europe and Central Asia: achievements, challenges and the way forward More

FGE-Final External Evalaution Report:“Strengthening Public Institutions in Favour of Equality and to Combat Discrimination: Creation of an Equality Law in El Salvador”

Posted on May 1, 2012

FGE-Final External Evalaution Report:“Strengthening Public Institutions in Favour of Equality and to Combat Discrimination: Creation of an Equality Law in El Salvador” More

FGE-Final External Evaluation Report:“Dalit Women’s Livelihoods Accountability Initiative” in India

Posted on May 1, 2012

This publication provides findings from the recent evaluation of the “Dalit Women's Livelihood Accountability Initiative supported by the UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality and illustrates how the programme contributed to changing the lives of marginalised Dalit women in Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh in India. More

The Future Women Want: A Vision of Sustainable Development for All

Posted on June 1, 2012

In this publication UN Women highlights the commitments made on gender equality, and explores women's contributions to sustainable development and policy around the world. More

United Nations Trust Fund Regional Fact Sheets

Posted on June 1, 2012

United Nations Trust Fund Regional Fact Sheets More

Handbook for National Action Plans on Violence against Women

Posted on July 1, 2012

Handbook for National Action Plans on Violence against Women More

UN Women in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Posted on July 1, 2012

UN Women in Eastern Europe and Central Asia More

Decent Work and Women’s Economic Empowerment: Good Policy and Practice

Posted on August 1, 2012

This policy brief examines why creating more jobs for women, promote decent work and women's economic empowerment. More

Annual Report 2011-2012

Posted on August 15, 2012

The Annual Report documents UN Women’s work to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality around the world. It highlights some of the organization’s initiatives during the year and provides summary financial statements, a list of new programmes and projects, and contact information. More

UN Women Sourcebook on Women, Peace and Security

Posted on October 1, 2012

UN Women Sourcebook on Women, Peace and Security More

Report on the online discussion on eliminating violence against women and girls: gaps, challenges and strategic directions in prevention and multisectoral services and responses

Posted on October 1, 2012

Between 23 July and 7 August 2012, UN Women ran a dynamic online discussion to support preparations for the forthcoming 57th Commission on the Status of Women which brought together the views of diverse respondents on the good practices and key gaps and challenges in the prevention of and response to violence against women and girls. More

Improvement of the status of women in the United Nations system: Report of the Secretary-General (2012)

Posted on October 1, 2012

Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 65/191, the present report provides information on the status of women in the United Nations system. More

Evaluation policy of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

Posted on October 1, 2012

The present document sets out the evaluation policy of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women). More

Recognise the strength of women and girls in reducing disaster risks!

Posted on October 1, 2012

With disasters affecting Viet Nam annually, in combination with a particular vulnerability to the adverse effects of climate change, it is essential to recognize women and girls as dynamic actors in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. More

Checklist to Protect and Support Domestic Workers

Posted on November 1, 2012

Domestic workers are an integral part of the global labour force. More

Outreach Doha 2012 COP18

Posted on December 1, 2012

Outreach is a multi-stakeholder newsletter, published by the Stakeholder Forum and co-sponsored by UN Women. More

Women out loud: How women living with HIV will help the world end AIDS

Posted on December 1, 2012

Women may make up half the world’s population, but they do not share it equally. This is especially evident when it comes to HIV. More

Handbook for Legislation on Violence against Women

Posted on December 1, 2012

The Handbook serves as a useful tool in supporting efforts to provide justice, support, protection and remedies to victims and to hold perpetrators accountable. More

The Millennium Development Goals Report: Gender Chart 2012

Posted on December 1, 2012

The biennial MDGs Gender Chart depicts the situation of women and girls in developing regions as reflected in a number of indicators that are used to monitor the MDGs. More

Economic crises and women’s work: Exploring progressive strategies in a rapidly changing global environment

Posted on January 1, 2013

This paper examines issues of women’s employment and decent work in the context of the on-going global financial and economic crisis. More

Paid work, women’s empowerment and inclusive growth: Transforming the structures of constraint

Posted on January 1, 2013

Drawing on household survey data collected in Egypt, Ghana and Bangladesh as part of the Pathways of Women’s Empowerment Research Partners’ Consortium, this report provides insights into the ‘resource’ pathways that enhance women’s agency and thereby contribute to the inclusiveness of the economic growth process. More

Informal Justice Systems: Charting a Course for Human Rights-based Engagement

Posted on January 9, 2013

Informal Justice Systems: Charting a Course for Human Rights-Based Engagement is a study that has been jointly commissioned by UNDP, UNICEF and UN Women. More

Estimating the cost of domestic violence against women in Viet Nam

Posted on February 1, 2013

To demonstrate the economic effects of the enormous cost of violence against women, UN Women estimated the economic costs of domestic violence considering out-of-pocket expenditures that women incur to access medical treatment, police support, legal support, counseling, and judicial support, and the additional lost school fees if children miss school due to domestic violence experienced by their mothers. More

Fighting inequality from the basics: The social protection floor and gender equality

Posted on February 1, 2013

The focus of this report is the indispensability of the human right to social security in contributing to integration and conquering inequalities, which must be tackled across the board from a platform of national protection. More

UN Women Changing Lives in Africa 2012

Posted on February 1, 2013

The Changing Lives series was developed to show how UN Women is successfully changing the lives of women and their families in Africa. From Darfur, Sudan to Mozambique and Zimbabwe, women’s lives are being transformed through their own hard work and the support of UN Women programmes. More

Violence and Femicide in Mexico: Characteristics, trends and new expressions in the states of Mexico. 1985-2010

Posted on February 1, 2013

General Recommendation 19 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), explicitly specifies that “States parties should encourage the compilation of statistics and research on the extent, causes and effects of violence, and on the effectiveness of measures to prevent and deal with violence”; by virtue of which, one aspect of the work of UN Women consists of supporting the creation of knowledge based on empirical evidence, permitting greater support of public policy. More

Domestic Workers Count Too: Implementing Protections for Domestic Workers

Posted on March 1, 2013

This Briefing Kit “Domestic Workers Count Too: Implementing Protection for Domestic Workers,” is informed by the experience of struggle, resilience and creative practice of local and overseas domestic workers and their support groups. More

Two Roads, One Goal: Dual Strategy for Gender Equality Programming in the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund

Posted on March 1, 2013

The joint study Two Roads, One Goal, funded and supported by the Spanish MDG Achievement Fund (MDGF) and conducted by UNDP and UN Women examines the MDGF’s application of its dual strategy for the achievement of gender equality through joint programming. More

Breaking the Silence on Violence against Indigenous Girls, Adolescents and Young Women

Posted on May 1, 2013

This inter-agency study is a call to action based an overview of existing evidence from Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. It highlights that the forms and nature of violence that women and girls experience are shaped and influenced by the often multiple forms of discrimination they face. They can be based on factors such as age, ethnicity, geographic location, or disability, and intersect with gender inequality and discrimination. More

Annual Report 2012-2013

Posted on June 19, 2013

The Annual Report documents UN Women’s work to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality around the world. It highlights some of the organization’s initiatives during the year and provides summary financial statements, a list of new programmes and projects, and contact information. More

A transformative stand-alone goal on achieving gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment: Imperatives and key components

Posted on July 1, 2013

In the midst of a global conversation about the legacy and next steps after the MDGs, UN Women calls for a commitment to achieving gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment in the post-2015 development framework and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To make a difference, the new framework must be transformative, by addressing the structural impediments to gender equality and the achievement of women’s rights. More

United Nations Trust Fund Regional Fact Sheets 2013

Posted on July 1, 2013

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women's Regional Fact Sheets present an overview of the Trust Fund's grant-making in five regions: Africa; Asia and the Pacific; Latin America and the Caribbean; Europe and Central Asia; and the Arab States and North Africa. The Fact Sheets detail current investments in each region and total regional investment to date, while identifying the countries with UN Trust Fund-supported programmes and new grants awarded in each region in 2012. More

Gender-based Violence and Child Protection among Syrian Refugees in Jordan, with a Focus on Early Marriage

Posted on July 15, 2013

This publication is an inter-agency assessment of gender-based violence, including forced or early marriage, and child protection issues among Syrian refugees in host communities in Jordan. It consisted of a household survey, focus group discussions, and in-depth interviews covering 11 out of 12 governorates in Jordan, targeting almost 80 per cent of the refugee population that is not residing in the camps. More

Advancing Gender Equality: Promising Practices. Case Studies from the Milennimum Development Goals Achievement Fund

Advancing Gender Equality: Promising Practices — Case Studies from the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDGF) presents lessons and results of specific relevance to shaping the post-2015 development framework derived from 20 Joint Programmes supported by the MDGF. These studies contain lessons to enhance knowledge of both why results for gender equality and women’s empowerment are critical to advance an overall development agenda, as well as practical examples of how to make this a reality. More

Evaluation of Gender Mainstreaming in United Nations Peacekeeping activities in (MONUC/MONUSCO) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Posted on October 8, 2013

This evaluation report is a complementary report by UN Women to the evaluation of the UN Peacekeeping Activities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo carried out in 2011-12 by the Inspection and Evaluation Division (IED) of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS). It provides an in-depth analysis of gender mainstreaming results in the Peacekeeping Mission. More

Voices against Violence

Posted on October 10, 2013

“Voices against Violence” is a co-educational curriculum developed by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and UN Women, with inputs from young people. Designed for various age groups ranging from 5 to 25 years, it provides young people with tools and expertise to understand the root causes of violence in their communities, to educate and involve their peers and communities to prevent such violence, and to learn about where to access support if violence is experienced. More

A transformative goal in the region for the future we want

Posted on November 1, 2013

The publication summarizes UN Women’s position paper on the post-2015 agenda, reviews key areas of the Beijing Platform for Action and summarizes the Consensus adopted at the two previous editions of the Regional Conference on Women which focused on gender equality, women’s empowerment and information and communications technologies. More

Women and Natural Resources in Peacebuilding: Strengthening participation, improving protection and aiding empowerment

Posted on November 6, 2013

As primary managers and users of natural resources in many conflict-affected contexts, women have a key role to play in peacebuilding but are often excluded from decision-making over natural resource management. This report analyses how women's empowerment and the sustainable use of natural resources can be pursued together to help build lasting peace. More

Realizing women's rights to land and other productive resources

Posted on November 8, 2013

This publication provides guidance for lawmakers and policymakers, as well as civil society organizations and other stakeholders, to support the adoption and effective implementation of laws, policies and programmes to respect, protect and fulfil women’s rights to land and other productive resources. It is based on the results of an expert group meeting held in June 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland. More

Gender on the Move: Working on the migration-development nexus from a gender perspective

Posted on December 9, 2013

The training manual "Gender on the Move: Working on the Migration-Development Nexus from a Gender Perspective", available in English and Spanish, aims to provoke thinking and action around migration and development from a gender and rights-based perspective, bringing to the fore migration for care, the importance of putting the right to care on the development agenda, and migrant women’s rights. It offers tools to help design programmes and policies that strengthen the positive effects of migration in terms of development, both in origin and destination countries. More

Impact stories and thematic briefs

Posted on December 9, 2013

The Thematic briefs outline UN Women’s work in key areas, such as Peace and Security, and Economic Empowerment, focusing on solutions and illustrating selected results. The second set of briefs, dubbed Impact stories, illustrate the human impact of a selection of UN Women programmes implemented at the global, regional or national level. More

Hearts and Minds: Women of India Speak

Posted on March 10, 2014

This publication and photo-essay aims at sharing the 'lived experiences' of women and girls in India and works to ensure that the voices of those who remain socially, economically and geographically marginalized are meaningfully reflected in the emerging post-2015 development discourse and agenda. The analysis contained in this report is based on in-depth interviews with women and focus-group discussions with a constituency of over a million strong in India who are considered as equal and important stakeholders in helping shape the post-2015 global development agenda. More

MDGs Gender Chart 2014

Posted on March 13, 2014

The biennial MDGs Gender Chart depicts the situation of women and girls in developing regions as reflected in a number of indicators that are used to monitor the MDGs. This is a special edition of the MDGs Gender Chart produced by the UN Statistics Division and UN Women, with contributions from other agencies, such as ILO, OECD, UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics and UNAIDS, for 58th session of the Commission on the status of women whose priority theme is Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls. More

Evaluation on the contribution of UN Women to increasing women’s leadership and participation to peace and security and humanitarian response

Posted on April 14, 2014

UN Security Council resolution 1325 and subsequent resolutions (1820, 1888, 1889, 1960, 2106, 2122) call for the urgent need to address women’s participation in peace processes and peacebuilding as well as the need to protect them from violations of their rights during and after conflicts. More

Evaluation on the contribution of UN Women to prevent violence against women and expand access to services

Posted on April 14, 2014

During 2012-2013, the UN Women Independent Evaluation Office undertook a corporate thematic evaluation of UN Women contribution to preventing violence against women and expanding access to related services. More

Humanitarian Crisis in South Sudan Gender Alert 2: May 2014

Posted on May 15, 2014

Since the initial eruption of violence in December 2013, the humanitarian situation has deteriorated sharply in South Sudan. An estimated 959,000 people are internally displaced (of which 192,000 are in inaccessible areas) with an additional 293,000 refugees in neighbouring countries1. As of yet, there is no reliable disaggregation of these figures based on sex and age. More

Within Our Reach: Solutions to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Posted on June 13, 2014

This publication introduces the work of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, documenting examples of the work of partners, and project results. More

Gender Equality Capacity Assessment Tool

Posted on June 13, 2014

The Capacity Assessment Tool seeks to assess the understanding, knowledge and skills that a given organization and its staff have on gender equality and women's empowerment, and on the organization’s gender architecture and gender policy. More

Annual Report 2013-2014

Posted on June 17, 2014

The Annual Report documents UN Women’s work to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality around the world. It highlights some of the organization’s initiatives during the year and provides summary financial statements, a list of new programmes and projects, and contact information. More

UN Trust Fund Annual Report 2013

Posted on July 1, 2014

The Annual Report documents the UN Trust Fund’s work around the world, reviewing the accomplishments of 2013 and offering perspectives on the questions confronted by grantees in every country. More

Joint Evaluation of Joint Programmes on Gender Equality in the United Nations System

Posted on July 1, 2014

In 2012–2013, UN Women, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA and the MDG-Fund, in partnership with the Governments of Norway and Spain, undertook a corporate joint evaluation of joint programmes on gender equality in the United Nations system to address a gap in evidence on country-level joint gender programmes (JGPs). More

Guide for the Evaluation of Programmes and Projects with a Gender, Human Rights and Interculturality Perspective

Posted on July 9, 2014

In recent years, we have advanced progressively in the development of a conceptual and methodological basis for improving the processes of programme and project evaluation. This Guide has been elaborated with the intent of integrating gender equality, human rights and interculturality approaches into the UN Women evaluation cycle. It is a practical tool for those who undertake, manage and/or use evaluations. More