Major Partners

Some key UN Women partners include the following:

The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

UN Women is working with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women to support women’s economic empowerment through collaboration between UN Women’s Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Economic Empowerment and the Cherie Blair Foundation’s Mentoring Women in Business Programme. The partnership links women entrepreneurs from the Foundation’s mentoring programme with the Knowledge Gateway and offers the mentoring opportunity to members of the Knowledge Gateway community.

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. Coca-Cola is providing funding for UN Women programmes in Egypt, Brazil and South Africa to provide 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 is funding UN Women programmes aimed at improving 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.

Mara Foundation

Mara Foundation is a social enterprise that focuses on fostering entrepreneurship in Africa through a myriad of programmes designed to address the complete life-cycle of an entrepreneur’s business idea. The Foundation works to create sustainable economic and business development opportunities for young entrepreneurs via Mara Mentor, Mara Launchpad, Mara Women and the Mara Ad-Venture Fund. Mara Mentor is an online community that connects ambitious entrepreneurs with experienced and inspiring business leaders. The initiative encourages idea- and knowledge-sharing among Africa’s most promising young entrepreneurs, inspiring a collaborative approach to business start-up and growth. Mara Mentor has been developed by Mara Online – Mara's online and mobile technology business – in order to empower Africa’s youth in their business endeavours, in recognition that they are the driving force behind the continent’s growth and future prosperity.

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. Microsoft is also providing funding for UN Women’s Safe Cities programmeThe 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 by providing funding for 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 funding 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.

Tag Heuer: ‘A Commitment to Benefit UN Women’ with Cameron Diaz

Tag Heuer and Cameron Diaz joined forces in support of UN Women, through an international campaign to raise awareness and funding for UN Women’s global work on gender equality and women’s economic empowerment. Tag Heuer has signed a CEO Statement of Support for UN Women and the Global Compact Women’s Empowerment Principles.

The UNHATE Foundation

The UNHATE Foundation is funding UN Women’s Safe Cities project in Kigali through a youth song competition entitled “Sing YES to a City Free of Violence against Women and Girls. The project’s specific objective is to use a song competition as a tool to engage young people in a transformative creative activity. This is aimed at changing social norms that view violence against women and girls as a “normal” part of life. The UNHATE Foundation also provided funding for “Orange Day” on the 25th of every month. In support of the call from the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, the UNHATE Foundation launched a digital action by broadcasting a specially created image and message on various social media platforms, as part of the 16 Days to end violence against women, from 25 November to 10 December 2013.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is funding the research and development of UN Women’s 2014 “Progress of the World's Women” annual flagship report. The 2014 edition will focus on making the economy work for women: claiming, provisioning and realizing rights.

The Women’s Self Worth Foundation

The Women’s Self Worth Foundation partnership is providing funding for UN Women’s global work on gender equality and women’s empowerment and advocacy for the prevention and ending of 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, Zonta funding 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 and funding 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.


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