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

Europe and Central Asia

Progress of the World’s Women 2019–2020: Families in a changing world
Progress of the world's women 2019–2020

UN Women’s flagship report, “Progress of the world’s women 2019–2020: Families in a changing world”, assesses the reality of families today in the context of sweeping economic, demographic, political, and social transformation. The report features global, regional, and national data. It also analyses key issues such as family laws, employment, unpaid care work, violence against women, and families and migration. At a critical juncture for women’s rights, this landmark report proposes a comprehensive family-friendly policy agenda to advance gender equality in diverse families. More

  • Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future

    Generation Equality

    To mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, UN Women is launching a new campaign, “Generation Equality—Realizing women’s rights and an equal future”. The campaign demands equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end to sexual harassment and all forms of violence against women and girls, health-care services that respond to their needs, and their equal participation in political life and decision-making in all areas of life. More

  • World Refugee Day 2019

    In Focus: World Refugee Day 2019

    There are  25.4 million  refugees around the world today, and  nearly half are women and girls . On 20 June, World Refugee Day, we are honouring the resilience and determination of refugees worldwide. UN Women is working with refugee populations to provide long-term solutions that protect women’s and girls’ rights, provide opportunities for growth and employment, and maintain their dignity. More

  • Regional Forum on SDGs

    Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region

    The Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region provided a platform to discuss concrete solutions on how to achieve the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Participants agreed that achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment is integral to the achievement of the SDGs. At the Forum, UN Women and partners launched the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC)  in the Europe and Central Asia region. More

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    In Focus: UN Commission on the Status of Women

    This year, the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) is taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 – 22 March 2019. It will focus on the theme, “Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls”. 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

“Ensure that all widows can enjoy their full human rights”
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Photo: Kea Taylor.

On International Widows' Day, 23 June, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls to recognize widows in all their diversity, and acknowledge the need to integrate them fully and visibly into work on gender equality. More

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Young girls in Bosnia and Herzegovina raise awareness on gender-based violence

The first peer-to-peer website focused on prevention of violence against girls and young women in Bosnia and Herzegovina was developed by a team of young girls who were inspired by similar global and regional initiatives and wanted to bring the change in their peer communities.

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