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

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Hundreds gather in Janakpur, Nepal in December 2019, months prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, to take part in a Women's March to call attention for the need to reclaim women’s rights and access to safe public spaces. Photo: UN Women/Uma Bista
In focus: International Youth Day

The theme of International Youth Day 2020, “Youth Engagement for Global Action”, highlights all the ways that young people are enriching institutions, contributing solutions and shaping decisions in their communities, countries and globally. On International Youth Day, uplift the voices and experiences of youth in action. More

  • Join us for a virtual celebration of International Youth Day with Youtube watch . Live on 12 August, 12.30-14.30 EDT.

    International Youth Day 2020 event – ‘Enough! I am Generation Equality. My vision now.’

    On International Youth Day, 12 August 2020, UN Women celebrates and recognizes the contributions of youth around the world, particularly during these difficult times of COVID-19. More

  • COVID-19 Response

    In Focus: Gender equality matters in COVID-19 response

    The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a health issue. It is a profound shock to our societies and economies, and women are at the heart of care and response efforts underway. UN Women is bringing up-to-date information and analysis on how and why gender matters in COVID-19 response. More

  • The Shadow Pandemic: Violence against women during COVID-19

    The Shadow Pandemic: Violence against women during COVID-19

    Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the front lines, have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified. This is the Shadow Pandemic growing amidst the COVID-19 crisis and we need a global collective effort to stop it. More

  • Toothbrushes and menstrual pads are sorted to pack dignity kits for women in prisons and quarantine centres. Photo: UNFPA El Salvador

    UN Women response to COVID-19 crisis

    UN Women has developed rapid and targeted response to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on women and girls and to ensure that the long-term recovery benefits them. UN Women’s response to COVID-19 includes policy advice and programmatic interventions and is part of the broader UN-wide response. More

  • two women healthcare workers in Barcelona put on protective gear. Photo: Hospital Clínic/Francisco Àvia

    COVID-19: emerging gender data

    The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold human suffering and is likely to heighten gender-based inequalities around the world. UN Women is working with partners to bridge the gender data gap and deliver a more accurate picture of the gender dimension to the response so that it can be more effective for women and girls. For gender-related data on COVID-19 visit this page. More

  • 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

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"Young people bring new energy for the long road ahead"
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Photo: Kea Taylor.

In a statement for International Youth Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights the immense value of young people who are at the forefront of global action for change, both in responding to the pandemic and in working to address the systemic inequalities it has unearthed. More

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These 20 young activists will inspire you to join the fight

This International Youth Day, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, young people across the world are demanding a fairer, more inclusive world for women and girls. From eradicating poverty and promoting decent work, to ending discrimination and violence against women, this new generation of changemakers is showing the world how to take action for gender equality. They are Generation Equality - watch to find out how you can join the movement too.