Partner spotlight: Switzerland
Switzerland and UN Women share a fundamental commitment to gender equality. As a strong champion of gender equality, Switzerland engages with UN Women on issues such as women’s economic and political empowerment, including reducing and eliminating the gender pay gap; prevention of violence against women and girls; and gender equality in governance, national planning and budgeting. Switzerland’s support of UN Women has enabled the entity to strategically focus on advocating for women’s rights in conflict zones and gender mainstreaming in the UN system for greater coherence and effectiveness to achieve gender equality.
Switzerland has prioritized regular resources and has remained consistent, providing a strong financial support that allows UN Women to strengthen functions essential to support delivery of its tripartite mandate. In addition, Switzerland has been the second-largest contributor to the Fund for Gender Equality (FGE), a unique global mechanism dedicated exclusively to promoting women’s economic and political empowerment.
In 2019, Switzerland was UN Women’s second-largest contributor of regular resources with USD 16.03 million and the seventh-largest contributor of total resources with USD 19.36 million. Between 2011 and 2019, the Swiss Government has contributed an aggregate amount of USD 169.51 million to UN Women.
Switzerland provides financial support to strengthen the functions of UN Women, enabling its normative engagement with other Member States as well as its UN-system coordination and operational capacity. As a member of the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC), Switzerland has also helped to support innovative and effective equal pay policies and practices around the globe.