UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

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UN Women Annual Report 2017-2018
Annual Report 2017–2018

The time is now! At a historic time when women’s activism is galvanized around #Metoo, #TimesUp and other movements, around the world UN Women supports women politicians, lawmakers, farmers, small business owners, civil society activists and many others to claim their rights and to be heard. This year’s annual report highlights some of the key results achieved in 2017–2018. More

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    World Refugee Day 2018

    World Refugee Day is on 20 June. There are 22.5 million refugees around the world today, and half of them—some 11 million—are women and girls. With the average length of displacement being 17 years or more, entire generations are born and raised in refugee camps. Humanitarian action needs to offer long-term solutions that protect and advance women’s rights. Join us as we stand #WithRefugees. More

  • Infographic: Six essential objects for refugee women and girls

    Today, 50 per cent of refugees uprooted from their homes from conflict, persecution or natural disasters are women and girls. Take a look at some of the objects that give women and girls agency and secure their health, dignity and rights. More

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    In Focus: Women and the SDGs

    Gender equality is a right. Fulfilling this right is the best chance we have in meeting some of the most pressing challenges of our time—from economic crisis and lack of health care, to climate change, violence against women and escalating conflicts. Check out new data, stories, videos and publications from Europe and Central Asia illustrating how and why gender equality matters across all the Sustainable Development Goals. More

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    Ending Violence against Women in the Western Balkans and Turkey

    The European Union and UN Women launched a three-year regional initiative to end discrimination and violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey. It will aim to reform policies in line with international standards, transform discriminatory social norms and empower women and girls subjected to violence. More

  • 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. More

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A Thousand Ways to Solve Our Problems’: An analysis of existing Violence Against Women and Girls approaches for minoritized women and girls in the Western Balkans and Turkey

This report highlights the main challenges that ‘by and for’ women’s organizations across the Western Balkans and Turkey face in incorporating an intersectional approach, as well as in monitoring and reporting on Istanbul Convention implementation, monitoring and reporting to the CEDAW, and engaging with the EU accession process.

Empowering girls today makes for a more prosperous tomorrow — Executive Director

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

To mark the International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in her message highlights that violence against girls limits their opportunities and choices, threatening their futures and those of generations to come. She strongly calls for the ending of harmful practices such as sexual violence, early and child marriage, and female genital mutilation in order for all girls to reach their full potential. More

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Implementing Norms, Changing Minds - Results

The European Union and UN Women are partnering with civil society organizations to end gender-based discrimination and violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey. Thanks to this partnership, over 250 organizations are better equipped to monitor and report on human rights legal instruments; over 1,500 law enforcement and service providers involved in prevention, prosecution and protection in cases of violence against women are being trained in case management, data-collection, reporting, and referral and response mechanisms. 3,500 women, including minority women, have gained a better understanding of their rights, and of how to access available services when facing violence.

Planet 50–50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality