Partner spotlight: European Union

European Union

UN Women and the European Union (EU) have been collaborating to empower and protect the rights of women and girls since UN Women was established. Following the signing of a partnership agreement in 2012, their cooperation has deepened at all levels. This was reaffirmed in 2016, with both partners agreeing to further stepping up collaboration for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment worldwide.

EU and UN Women senior management routinely meet for policy exchanges and dialogue on women’s rights issues. Joint advocacy and awareness-raising activities have included comic and cartoon competitions “Gender Equality: Picture It!” in the European Union, Vietnam, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Ukraine, in partnerships with EU delegations. The President of the European Commission and all male Commissioners joined UN Women’s HeForShe movement in 2015.

EU contribution agreements signed for programmes and projects (2012–2017):
USD 91 million
(EUR 76.9 million)

Countries covered by EU–UN Women programmes: 70

The European Union signed on to UN Women’s COMMIT initiative in 2013, pledging concrete actions such as to pioneer a Europe-wide protection order for survivors of domestic violence, and doing so that same year. In 2015, the EU joined UN Women’s “Step It Up” campaign, also adopting a new gender Action Plan 2016-2020 and vowing to systematically screen development funding to ensure that assistance helps transform the lives of girls and women worldwide, among other commitments.

From 2012 to 2017, EU contribution agreements amounted to more than USD 91 million (EUR 76.9 million) for UN Women programmes in more than 70 countries around the world, consistently making it one of the organization’s strongest supporters.

Our solutions

Joint EU–UN Women programmes have led to measurable results in a variety of areas and made a difference in the lives of women and girls worldwide. Together, both organizations are pushing for gender-sensitive legislation and budgeting, provided life-saving services for women survivors of violence, and working with communities to crush gender stereotypes, as well as working with the private sector to support gender-responsive business practices. Examples of the EU–UN Women ongoing programmes include:

More examples of results under joint EU–UN Women programmes include: