Civil Society Advisory Groups

Consultations in global, regional and national civil society advisory groups help UN Women draw upon their diverse expertise, experience, outreach and knowledge. They sharpen ideas and strategies for our advocacy initiatives, policies and programmes.

The Global Advisory Group was formed following extensive discussions with civil society networks and their nomination of members. Convened by UN Women’s Executive Director, it has 25 members, who include leaders of grass-roots, rural and community-based groups, and indigenous peoples’ organizations; scholars; and activists and male advocates for gender equality and women’s rights.

National and regional groups are established based on local priorities and practices, under the broad guideline of creating a just, balanced and effective body. Members of different groups maintain regular contact through a web-based platform.

For more information, see the current list of civil society advisory groups and guiding principles for their formation and operation.

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Women's right activists in Ecuador: our stories, our lives, our work

This short documentary captures the stories of the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group members in Ecuador, offering through a personal lens, a look at their lives as women and as gender equality advocates.