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Handbook on Effective Prosecution Responses to Violence against Women and Girls

December 9, 2014

Prosecutors play a critical role in the criminal justice response to violence against women and girls. In December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the updated Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence against Women in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (General Assembly resolution 65/228, annex) which provide a comprehensive policy framework to assist States in developing responses and carrying out actions to eliminate violence against women and to promote gender equality within the criminal justice system. More

Extracting Equality — A Guide

November 3, 2014

Extracting Equality — A Guide is a practical tool which assists individuals and organizations involved in the extractive industries in integrating gender into each stage of the extractive value chain. At each step, the toolkit offers a clear picture of the specific considerations to make and questions to ask in order to ensure women are not left out of natural resource governance. More

The World Survey on the role of women in development 2014: Gender equality and sustainable development

October 16, 2014

The World Survey on the Role of Women in Development is a UN Secretary-General report mandated by the Second Committee of the General Assembly and comes out every five years. The 2014 report focuses on gender equality and sustainable development, with chapters on the green economy and care work, food security, population dynamics, and investments for gender-responsive sustainable development. More

The Global Economic Crisis and Gender Equality

September 8, 2014

The 2007-2008 global financial crisis and subsequent austerity policies have jeopardized the realization of women’s economic and social rights. The resulting job losses, decreased social services, and increased economic insecurity have weakened the capacity of people to perform unpaid care work. In this paper, UN Women calls on States to meet their human rights obligations by taking a transformative approach to economic and social policy and designing recovery policies that promote gender equality and women’s rights. More

Improvement in the status of women in the United Nations system: Report of the Secretary-General (2014)

August 25, 2014

This report (A/69/346) provides information on the status of women in the United Nations system during the reporting period from 31 December 2011 to 31 December 2013, including on progress made and obstacles encountered in achieving gender balance and up-to-date statistics and recommendations for accelerating progress. More

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

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

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

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

UN Trust Fund Annual Report 2013

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

Annual Report 2013-2014

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

Gender Equality Capacity Assessment Tool

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

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

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

Strategic Plan 2014–17: Making this the century for women

June 1, 2014

This brochure summarizes UN Women’s Strategic Plan 2014–2017 and presents the organization’s vision, goals and plan of action in a number of critical areas to support gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide. More

Humanitarian Crisis in South Sudan Gender Alert 2: May 2014

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

Violence Against Women in Politics

April 30, 2014

Violence against women in politics is rampant in South Asia according to a new study conducted by the Centre for Social Research and UN Women. The study, ‘Violence against Women in Politics’ revealed that the insufficient implementation of laws, lack of support from police and judiciary, the socio-economic divide and current power structures are the major reasons for violence. More

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

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

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

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

Women in Politics Map (2014)

March 24, 2014

The map shows that although progress on women's political participation continues to be largely positive across the world, glass ceilings remain firmly in place for women at the highest levels. More

MDGs Gender Chart 2014

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

Hearts and Minds: Women of India Speak

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

Impact stories and thematic briefs

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

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