UN Women

UN Women is the United Nations Entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women with a mission to ensure that globally, all women and girls have equal opportunities. ​Women’s empowerment is about ending violence, responding to women’s urgent needs in an emergency, providing training and supporting women’s employment, leadership and economic development.

UN Women (headquartered in New York) is active in over 100 countries and operates worldwide out of 15 regional and 2 country programme offices. Three international agreements frame UN Women’s work:

  1. the Beijing Platform for Action of 1995 and its successor Beijing plus 20
  2. the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), known as the women’s bill of rights
  3. the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand

UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand is one of thirteen National Committees spread out globally, who contribute to the mission of UN Women. Our role in Aotearoa New Zealand is to mobilise women’s empowerment efforts through raising awareness about women’s issues and fundraising toward UN Women’s programmes and policies in our neighbouring Pacific countries.

Women’s empowerment for us is about contributing to projects that deliver better outcomes for women and girls – and their communities. We believe in investing in sustainable projects that support local women to autonomously support the empowerment priorities of their communities.

UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand is a membership-based organisation with a charitable status. Our voluntary Board works closely with other like organisations, individuals, and UN Women field teams to learn about the needs of women and girls and to share resources with our members, wider advocacy groups and communities. We also lobby the New Zealand government to support initiatives for women’s issues.