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Making innovation and technology work for women

12 July 2017

The 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, founded on the principle of 'leaving no one behind' call for transformative shifts, integrated approaches, and innovative solutions to overcome the structural barriers to sustainable development. Innovation and technology provide unpreceded opportunities to reach those who are the most likely to be left behind. More

Issue brief: Making the SDGs count for women and girls with disabilities

03 July 2017

In line with several critical areas under thematic review at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in 2017, this issue brief underlines the need to mainstream disability into all efforts to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment (SDG 5); highlights key issues for ending poverty (SDG 1) and ensuring healthy lives (SDG 3) for women and girls with disabilities; and calls for closing data gaps on gender and disability. More

Fund for Gender Equality 2016 annual report

30 June 2017

The Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) is UN Women’s global grant-making mechanism dedicated to the economic and political empowerment of women worldwide through the provision of financial and technical support to women-led civil society organizations. The Fund has delivered US$ 64 million in grants to 121 projects in 80 countries, touching the lives of more than 10 million beneficiaries and strengthening the capacities of over 140 grantee organizations. This report highlights key aggregated results from the 2016 active portfolio, providing the first snapshot of the FGE’s contributions to localizing the SDGs; analyses FGE’s effective strategies for ‘Leaving No Woman Behind’, and presents insights about the legacy of FGE programmes after their conclusion. More

UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women: Annual Report 2016

28 June 2017

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women’s (UN Trust Fund) 2016 Annual Report includes progress and milestones from the past year. In 2016, UN Trust Fund grantees reached 6 million people with their programmes to prevent and end all forms of violence against women and girls that are being implemented around the world. More

Annual Report 2016–2017

27 June 2017

This year’s report showcases the many ways in which we support work at country and global level to turn the aims of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into results for women and girls worldwide, working closely with Member States and a wide range of partners to realize rights and build resilience. In 2016, the first year of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, we supported women to claim their right to equal treatment under the law, to gain elected office, to draw on the power of innovation and technology, and to become leaders through sports, among many other initiatives. We also supported civil society and women’s rights activists to inform and influence crucial policy discussions. More

Fiscal space for social protection and the SDGs: Options to expand social investments in 187 countries

20 June 2017

Identifying fiscal space for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is increasingly recognized as a priority by all development actors. This innovative working paper produced by ILO, UNICEF and UN Women considers options for 187 countries to support an expansion of public investments, especially for social investments. More

Report of CSW61 and analysis of the agreed conclusions

26 May 2017

The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, from 13 – 24 March 2017, at a critical juncture in the changing political landscape and realignment of forces mobilized around the gender equality and women’s empowerment agenda. More

Understanding masculinities, results from the International Men and Gender Equality Study in the Middle East and North Africa

22 May 2017

The International Men and Gender Equality Survey is the first multi-country study of its kind and size in the Middle East and North Africa. Coordinated by UN Women and Promundo, in collaboration with local research partners, the report takes a never-before-seen look at what it means to be a man in Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and Palestine today. Exploring key issues at home and at work, in public and private life, and their attitudes towards gender equality, and it also provides women’s perspectives on the same issues. More

TRANSFORM – The magazine for gender-responsive evaluation – Issue 10, May 2017

20 May 2017

Issue no. 10 focuses on the strategic partnerships of UN Women. Partnerships are an essential aspect of our work but are often overlooked when we evaluate the results of our work. The skill set, time and resources necessary for ensuring truly effective strategic partnerships are often underestimated. More

Corporate evaluation of UN Women’s strategic partnerships for gender equality and the empowerment of women: Final synthesis report

20 May 2017

In 2015–2016, the UN Women Independent Evaluation Office undertook a corporate evaluation of UN Women’s strategic partnerships for gender equality and women’s empowerment. The evaluation is intended to enhance UN Women’s approach to strategic partnerships with the aim of ensuring that gender equality is reached by 2030. It was also expected to contribute to an understanding of how UN Women’s strategic partnerships can facilitate a strong position for gender equality and women’s empowerment within the current global development context and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More

Youth LEAP into gender equality

19 May 2017

UN Women's youth and gender equality strategy: Empowered young women and young men as partners in achieving gender equality. More

UNSCR 1325 and female ex-combatants: Case study of the Maoist women of Nepal

03 May 2017

The situation of women combatants and the roles they can play in conflict transformation and peacebuilding is an area which has received minimal attention in the women, peace and security agenda over the past 15 years. This case study of the Maoist women combatants in conflict and post conflict Nepal seeks to document and analyze their realities within the contrasting narratives of victimhood and agency. More

Making women count - not just counting women

03 May 2017

A central challenge to women’s underrepresentation in peace and transitional processes is the lack of evidence-based knowledge on the role and impact of women’s inclusion on peace processes. The objective of this report is to present an analysis of women’s inclusion in order to provide UN Women with direct comparative evidence on women’s influence in previous cases of peace processes since the 1990s. More

Women in politics 2017 map

27 April 2017

The Women in politics 2017 map, created by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women, depicts global rankings for women in the executive and parliamentary branches of government as of 1 January 2017. The map shows slow progress towards gender equality in these areas at regional and national levels. More

UN Women Virtual Skills School brochure

16 March 2017

This brochure introduces the reader to UN Women's Virtual Skills School initiative, an innovative approach to skills aqcuisition and education in the 21st Century through an open platform with diverse learning paths. More

Buy from Women Enterprise Platform brochure

16 March 2017

Overview of UN Women's Buy from Women Enterprise Platform that links women farmers to information, markets and finance. Includes information on the major system features, product design, added value and vision for UN Women's work in this area. More

‘Leaving no one behind’ in action

15 March 2017

This brief contains observations from the Fund for Gender Equality’s seven-year experience working with civil society. Gender equality is at the forefront of the 2030 Development Agenda. The Sustainable Development Goals include a stand-alone goal to advance equality, and gender-related targets mainstreamed across the Global Goals. Something has opened a door for drastic progress in the lives of women and girls worldwide, it is the principle of leaving no one behind. More

Shaping the international agenda: Raising women's voices in intergovernmental forums

14 March 2017

The publication aims to build knowledge on women’s participation in national delegations to meetings of international organizations’ governing bodies by analyzing the best practices undertaken at the national and international levels, including specific examples provided by several intergovernmental entities. Building on these efforts, the publication provides a set of recommendations to empower a wide range of gender-equality advocates to champion gender equality and gender balance. More

Recommendations for addressing women's human rights in the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration

14 March 2017

This document provides recommendations that underline the need for a human rights-based and gender-responsive approach to migration governance and give clear direction on the full inclusion of women’s rights in the formulation and implementation of the global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration. More

The power of procurement: How to source from women-owned businesses

13 March 2017

With women-owned businesses securing less than one per cent of corporate purchasing expenditures, this timely guide sets out to highlight the challenges and barriers that exist today for women-owned businesses. The guide provides sensible, actionable steps that corporations can take with their strategic sourcing decisions and will help corporate purchasing executives evaluate the diversity of their supplier base in considering the potential of women-owned businesses. More

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