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Women’s Empowerment Principles

Nearly 1,500 business leaders around the world have signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), which help companies adopt policies and practices to realize women’s empowerment. As part of mobilizing follow-up action, UN Women collaborated with partners to develop two WEPs implementation tools, in Georgia and Turkey, to detail the gender dimensions of corporate sustainability.

WEPs Implementation Guide

Training Manuel


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    Women in humanitarian action

    According to UN reports, 60 per cent of all maternal deaths take place in humanitarian settings and all forms of gender-based violence against women and girls spike during disasters and conflict. We highlight UN Women’s continuous work to ensure women are involved as equal partners and agents of change in humanitarian action. More

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    Women and the Sustainable Development Goals

    With the new global 2030 roadmap approved, we take a look at how women are affected by each of the 17 proposed Sustainable Development Goals, as well as how women and girls can - and will - be key to achieving them. More

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    Refugee and Migration Crisis in the Western Balkans

    Women’s specific needs and vulnerabilities are rarely at the forefront of humanitarian response planning and implementation, according to a recent UN Women gender assessment of the refugee and migrant crisis in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia. More

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    30 countries in Europe and Central Asia have stepped it up

    At a high-level event co-organized by UN Women and the Chinese Government, 30 governments in Europe and Central Asia have made concrete commitments to ensure women and girls can reach their full potential by 2030. More

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Investing in social care for gender equality and inclusive growth in Europe and Central Asia
This policy brief highlights the need for publicly provided social care services for children, the sick, the elderly and persons with disabilities to reduce the burden of unpaid care work on women and advance women’s economic empowerment. More

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We must bring women’s voices, knowledge and leadership to the heart of humanitarian action
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In a statement for World Refugee Day on 20 June, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and United Nations Population Fund Acting Executive Director Natalia Kanem call on the international community to recommit to placing women and girls equally with men and boys at the heart of humanitarian action for the world’s refugees. More

Featured video
Wonder what gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) is and how it can transform women’s lives?

Watch this animated video, which explains the concept and the difference it makes in South-east Europe and Moldova – generously funded by the Austrian Development Agency and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.