Partner spotlight: United Kingdom

United Kingdom

The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) has been among the top-five donors to UN Women since the organization’s inception in 2011. The UK often prioritizes core funding to UN Women and supplements this with non-core funding (earmarked for programmes) in strategic thematic areas which correspond to its development priorities, such as peace and security.

The UK pursues an all-of-Government approach to incorporating gender equality in its policies and remains a steadfast supporter of UN Women and the work to change norms and change lives. The support of this government partner allows UN Women flexibility to focus on implementing its strategic plans and ensuring that its work supports the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as other normative commitments, such as the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Funding from the UK has provided a significant part of the core base UN Women needs to undertake the fundamental work of its mandate.

Between 2011 and 2017, the UK has provided an aggregate contribution of USD 156.4 million to UN Women. In 2017, the UK was the second-largest core contributor with USD 16.5 million and the third-largest total contributor to UN Women with USD 25.5 million.

In February 2016, the UK and UN Women entered into a framework agreement to enable more efficient handling of non-core funding to specific programmes supported by the UK. As of 2018, the UK has started making use of the payment-by-results model, where 30 per cent of core funding to UN Women is contingent on the achievement of mutually agreed milestones and targets.

The partnership between the Government of the UK and UN Women upholds and strives to ensure that women are economically empowered and afforded opportunities for leadership and participation, that all forms of violence against women and girls are eliminated, that girls’ education is a priority, and that sexual and reproductive health and rights are universal.

Together we have achieved

Getting women farmers back on their feet in Dominica
Six months on, since a Category 5 hurricane battered the small island nation, a UN Women assessment shows that what women want is assistance to get back on their feet and back to work, not handouts.

Ayah al-Wakil, a lawyer working at the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in Gaza Strip. Photo: UN Women/Eunjin Jeong

Standing up for survivors in the Shari’a court every day: Ayah al-Wakil is determined to leave no woman behind
Ayah al-Wakil is a lawyer working at the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) in Gaza Strip. Going to the Shari’a court every day to file cases on behalf of survivors of violence has been her morning routine since 2015. In November 2015, she was selected as one of four female lawyers for a training with the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, supported by a UN Women/UNDP joint programme, to defend women’s rights at the Shari’a court.

Paulina Epung'u collects water in Turkana county. Photo: UN Women/Kennedy Okoth

In pastoral communities of Kenya, women bear the brunt of drought
In the Turkana county of northern Kenya, Paulina Epung’u walks for miles and queues at water points on a regular basis. Due to gender inequalities, women like Epung’u bear the brunt of the impact of the ongoing drought in the region. UN Women is working with Kenya’s National Drought Management Authority to ensure that all interventions to address the drought take into consideration the unique vulnerabilities of women and girls.

Rosalina Moniz in her self-help group’s garden, one of the few places in the region for certain varieties of vegetables. Photo: UN Women/Aisling Walsh

Sowing seeds, reaping income and independence, in Timor-Leste
Rosalina Moniz, an outspoken woman in her 50s from western Timor-Leste, is the survivor of years of domestic violence. She often felt as if there was no way out. Once she joined a self-help group in her community, everything changed. Through self-help groups, grants, and gardens, widows, single moms, and survivors of violence are gaining economic independence in rural Timor-Leste.