UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

Women show support for Generation Equality at UNHQ in New York. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown
Generation Equality action pack, October 2019

UN Women’s Generation Equality campaign marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most visionary agenda for women’s rights and empowerment everywhere. This month in Generation Equality, we are spotlighting some pressing women’s rights issues: empowerment of girls, rural women’s leadership, climate action and women’s meaningful participation in peace processes. More

  • In observance of International Women's Day, participants march from the centre of Monrovia to the Temple of Justice, home of the Liberian Supreme Court, where they staged a peaceful sit-in protest against gender-based violence.    Photo: UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein

    The power of women peacebuilders

    Women do groundbreaking work for justice, peace and security. Yet, they continue to be sidelined in formal peace processes. As conflict continues to affect every region of the world, urgent action is needed to ensure that women are part of peacebuilding, and their contributions are visible and valued. More

  • Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future

    Generation Equality

    To mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, UN Women is launching a new campaign, “Generation Equality—Realizing women’s rights and an equal future”. The campaign demands equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end to sexual harassment and all forms of violence against women and girls, health-care services that respond to their needs, and their equal participation in political life and decision-making in all areas of life. More

  • Orange the World: Generation Equality stands against rape

    Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape

    The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign will mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, from 25 November to 10 December, under the theme, “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape”. Join us in galvanizing actions around the world to take a stand against sexual violence in all contexts and spark a global conversation about what it will take to prevent and end rape. More

  • Hadijatou Oumarou helps to make beignets in her friend Nene's restaurant.  The beignets (doughnuts, pictured above being lifted hot out of the frying pan) are a treat for customers and a key source of income at this woman-owned restaurant in the Ngam refugee camp.   Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

    In Focus: Women and the SDGs

    Gender equality is a right. Fulfilling this right is the best chance we have in meeting some of the most pressing challenges of our time—from economic crisis and lack of health care, to climate change, violence against women and escalating conflicts. Check out new data, stories, videos and more illustrating how and why gender equality matters across all the Sustainable Development Goals. More

Generation Equality Forum

Scene from the event, “Gender equality: From the Biarritz Partnership to the Beijing+25 Generation Equality Forum”, hosted by France and Mexico ahead of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, 2019. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown.

The Generation Equality Forum is a civil society–centred, multi-stakeholder, global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France. It will kick off in Mexico City, Mexico (7–8 May 2020), and culminate in Paris, France (7–10 July 2020).

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International Women's Day

The theme for International Women's Day (8 March 2020) will be "I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women's Rights". Join us in calling for actions towards gender equality and women's empowerment around the world.


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Let’s close the gap between words and action
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Photo: Kea Taylor.

In her remarks at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted that despite many agreements, discussions and events, change is not as real as it needs to be. More

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The Mediterranean Women Mediators Network

Learn how UN Women is supporting the establishment and work of networks, such as the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network, to increase the availability of gender expertise and to support greater and more effective participation of women at all levels of conflict resolution to ensure that outcomes are gender-responsive.