Some key UN Women partners include the following:
The Coca-Cola Company: Accelerating Women’s Economic Empowerment
UN Women’s partnership with The Coca-Cola Company’s global “5 BY 20” initiative aims to increase the empowerment of women entrepreneurs. It addresses the barriers they commonly face by providing better access to business skills training, financial services and support networks of peers and mentors.
“We believe there is no better time to invest in women as engines of economic growth and sustainable development,” said Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company. “Women are the fastest-growing economic force and no business or economy will be able to grow without them. This partnership with UN Women, which leverages their extensive expertise, will greatly impact our efforts to enable the empowerment of women around the world.”
Mr. Kent has also signed the CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles, developed by UN Women and the UN Global Compact to bolster corporate leadership for gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community.
International Olympic Committee: Gender Equality through Sports
The UN Women and International Olympic Committee partnership will promote women’s empowerment through sports. In globally advocating for sports and healthy lifestyles, the IOC has long held that sports can contribute to building the psychological well-being, leadership capacity and empowerment of girls and women, while enhancing their roles and integration in society. It will join UN Women to back women’s greater participation in sports and physical activity, and advance gender equality and sustainable development in line with the Millennium Development Goals.
The L’Occitane Foundation
The L’Occitane Foundation promotes the economic empowerment of women dairy entrepreneurs in Burkina Faso. It supports UN Women’s efforts to improve their access to resources to build businesses, increase the quantity and quality of dairy production, and influence supportive national policies and practices.
The Loomba Foundation
The Loomba Foundation partnership with UN Women is promoting the empowerment of widows through global advocacy and economic empowerment projects in three countries—Guatemala, Malawi and India—over a period of three years from 2013–2015. Through partnerships, both UN Women and the Loomba Foundation seek to work concretely on programs to create a visible space for widows in their societies and give them the right tools to achieve economic independence.
Microsoft: Applying Technology to Gender Equality
UN Women and Microsoft have formed a partnership to apply technology to gender equality and empower women worldwide. Microsoft will support UN Women’s mandate in four main areas: building capacities, enhancing technology infrastructure, innovation and surfacing knowledge, and the empowerment of women and youth.
The CEOs of Microsoft Corporation and Microsoft South Africa have signed the CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles.
The Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation supported UN Women in assisting grass-roots women to participate in the Rio+20 global conference on sustainable development. The initiative aimed at ensuring rural women‘s voices were heard and their concerns reflected in the international agreement negotiated at the conference. The foundation also made an important contribution to the Rural Women Feed Africa programme, which seeks to enhance rural women’s food security by improving their access to resources, markets, finance and technology.
The Women’s Self Worth Foundation
The Women’s Self Worth Foundation partnership with UN Women is supporting women’s empowerment and gender equality and advocacy to prevent and end violence against women.
Zonta International: Towards Ending Violence
Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation have been longstanding partners of UN Women and crucial allies in global efforts to end violence against women. Since 2008, support for UN Women’s Safe Cities programmes have resulted in improvements in infrastructure and security measures to prevent violence in urban spaces. Zonta’s continued strong support of the UN Women–managed UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women has helped expand much-needed services for women and girl survivors of violence. The partnership has also made it possible to invest in strategies to prevent violence, such as by mobilizing communities around cultures of non-violence, and engaging men and boys to stand up against it. Zonta-backed programmes make significant contributions to global knowledge on what works in stopping violence.