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)

Read the 2019 Regular Resources Report which details the programmes and interventions that funding from partners and national committees has supported in 2019.

Read the 2019 Annual Report here.


Latest News

44th session of the Human Rights Council Global update on human rights and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Statement by Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 30 June 2020.

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COVID-19: Only one in eight countries worldwide have measures in place to protect women against social and economic impacts, new data shows.

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