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About UN Women

Currently working in 96 countries, UN Women is the only global agency dedicated to the empowerment of women.

Delivering programs aimed at empowering women and girls, UN Women has five priority areas of intervention:

  • Increasing women’s leadership and participation
  • Ending violence against women
  • Engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes
  • Enhancing women’s economic empowerment
  • Making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting

This work is essential given the fact that around the world:

  • Women are paid 10 to 30% less than men.
  • Only 1 in 5 parliamentarians are women.
  • 1 in 3 women and girls will experience violence in their lifetime.
  • 50.4% of working women are stuck in vulnerable, informal jobs.
  • 2/3 of the world’s illiterate are women.
  • 800 women die in childbirth every day.

The case for gender equality is clear. We know that when women are empowered and have an income, they invest in their families and communities, driving down hunger, poverty and malnutrition, and improving health, education and well-being. The Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that if women had the same access as men to productive assets, increased agricultural output in 34 developing countries could reduce the number of hungry people by up to 150 million.

If women’s paid employment rates were raised to the same level of men’s, GDP would be between 9 and 16 per cent higher in major developed economies. In developing economies, per capita income could rise by 14 per cent by 2020.

A child born to a mother who can read is 50 per cent more likely to survive. For every year of education beyond grade four that a woman receives, the risk of her child dying of preventable causes is reduced by 10 per cent.

An analysis of Fortune 500 companies found that companies with the greatest representation of women in management positions delivered 34 per cent higher returns to shareholders than some of their counterparts.

UN Women has its headquarters in New York and works worldwide out of 15 regional and 2 country programme offices. Two international agreements frame UN Women's work:  

  1. the Beijing Platform for Action resulting from the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995
  2. the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), known as the women’s bill of rights

To find out more about UN Women internationally visit www.unwomen.org

UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand

The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand exists to mobilise support for UN Women’s work and builds strategic relationships with companies who we believe are committed to this agenda. 

In New Zealand and the Pacific, we advocate for women's empowerment, we raise awareness of the issues affecting women around the world, we raise money to fund UN Women projects, and lobby the New Zealand government to support UN Women’s initiatives. 

  • We hold breakfasts with support from our affiliate members every year to celebrate International Women’s Day.
  • We participate in the annual White Ribbon Campaign to mark the U.N. International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women.
  • We fundraise through Walk for Women to support the UNW Pacific Fund for the Elmination of Violence against Women in the Solomon Islands.
  • We advocate for gender equality in the Pacific with partner development organisations through WRAP.
  • We promote the Women's Empowerment Principles within New Zealand.
  • We support a market project supporting women's empowerment in the Solomon Islands with UN Women Pacific.
  • We fundraise for a gender justice project in the Solomon Islands with UN Women Pacific.