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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In Focus: 75th session of the UN General Assembly

The 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 75) will open on 15 September and mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations through a High-level meeting on 21 September. With COVID-19 continuing to disrupt lives and economies around the world and putting at risk the hard-won gains of women’s rights, gender equality is on top of the agenda for decision-makers this year as they convene, mostly virtually, at UNGA 75. Get news, live webcast and updates on gender equality at the UNGA here. More

  • UNITE To end violence against women

    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: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”. 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

  • Riya Akter, 22, is an apparel worker, just like her husband. Asked if she was afraid of becoming infected with coronavirus, she said work came first and needed to be done, otherwise there would not be food on the table.  She works while maintaining social distance with other workers as ready made garment (RMG) factories reopened amid the Covid-19 pandemic in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  May 2020. Photo: UN Women/Fahad Abdullah Kaizer

    COVID-19 and its economic toll on women: The story behind the numbers

    While everyone is facing unprecedented challenges, women are bearing the brunt of the economic and social fallout of COVID-19. Here’s how COVID-19 is rolling back on women’s economic gains of past decades, unless we act now, and act deliberately. 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

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  • From insights to action: Gender equality in the wake of COVID-19

    From insights to action: Gender equality in the wake of COVID-19
    Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, shrinking working hours, increased care burdens, and heightened violence have exacerbated the challenges that women and girls face. Unless action is taken, by 2021 around 435 million women and girls will be living in extreme poverty, including 47 million pushed into poverty as a result of COVID-19. This publication presents the latest evidence on the multiple impacts of the pandemic on women and girls.

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2020 : A turning point with defining moves
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Photo: Kea Taylor.

In her speech at the UN Women Executive Board second regular session 2020, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka said: "Progress is now at risk. The continuing inequalities faced by women and girls are made starker by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic." More

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UN Women: 10 years of championing women and girls

In 2010, the General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution to merge four parts of the United Nations system into the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women – known as UN Women. In the ten years since our establishment, we have worked with governments, civil society, the private sector and our sister agencies in the UN system to place women’s rights, priorities and voices on critical global agendas.