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

United Nations General Assembly Hall. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown
UN Women at UNGA 74

The 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly is taking place at UN Headquarters from 17 to 30 September 2019. This year’s theme focuses on strengthening multilateral efforts to address climate action, poverty, sustainable development, and more. UN Women will shine the spotlight on gender equality and women’s empowerment, which stands at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals, climate action, universal health coverage, and other matters that are on the agenda. 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

  • Beatrice Silas Kasiba scored top marks in the national Trade Certificate exam and now teaches tailoring to other refugee women and Kenyan women living in Kalobeyei settlement at a facility run by the Danish Refugee Council. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

    Not waiting for handouts: Five stories of resilience from one of the world’s largest refugee camps

    In some of the world’s largest camps, refugees and the native communities power their own economies. With more than 186,000 residents, Kakuma refugee camp and Kalobeyei settlement located in the arid desert of north-western Kenya is one such place. Meet five women and girls who are doing the usual and unusual jobs that keep life going, and aspiring for more. 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

  • Students engage in literacy and education sessions provided at the UN Women Oasis in Za’atari refugee camp. Photo: UN Women/Christopher Herwig

    Photo essay: Syrian women in Jordan share stories of war and hope

    The Syrian women refugees in UN Women’s Oasis programm share their stories of escape from conflict and their journeys to becoming the empowered women they are today. More

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Preparing for a new decade of UN Women 2.0
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Photo: Kea Taylor.

In her opening remarks to the second regular session of the UN Women Executive Board, Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka looks ahead to the milestone year 2020, when UN Women will turn 10, and commemorate 25 years since the Beijing Platform for Action was adopted. More

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World Humanitarian Day

Gender equality is essential to humanitarian action. On this World Humanitarian Day, UN Women salutes the women humanitarians around the globe who have acted as first responders in the darkest hours of crisis.