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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In focus: World Humanitarian Day

Today, an unprecedent number of people live in crisis situations. On World Humanitarian Day, we bring you updates on one of the world’s most pressing crises: the Syria emergency and how we empower Syrian women refugees. More

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    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 in strengthening global norms and standards, increasing women’s leadership and political participation, enhancing economic empowerment, ending violence against women and girls, engaging women in all aspects of peace, security and humanitarian actions, and making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting. 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

Featured publication

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.

The invisible wounds to women and girls damage all of us
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

In a joint statement for World Humanitarian Day, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director and Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, call for special attention to the extensive gender-based violence taking place during situations of conflict and disaster. 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