A long journey to equality: Gender equality advocates look back on the Fourth World Conference on Women
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform, get inspired by the stories of activists, who took part in the conference. Learn more
Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!
Many countries from across the region joined the 16 Days campaign by lighting up their landmark buildings in orange and organizing a variety of events despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more
I am Generation Equality: Janine Shepherd
Janine Shephard, once one of Australia's most promising cross-country skiers, talks about her journey from being paralyzed after a grave incident to becoming an acrobatic pilot. Learn more
Uniting against gender-based violence in Central Asia
The Spotlight Initiative in Central Asia and FemAgora, a feminist organization, highlight the importance of civil society and the services they provide for survivors. Learn more
As countries implemented lockdown measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, violence against women intensified. At the same time, legal, health and social support services became limited and less accessible. For the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 November to 10 December 2020), UN Women’s Generation Equality campaign is amplifying the call for global action to bridge funding gaps, ensure essential services for survivors of violence during the COVID-19 crisis, focus on prevention, and collection of data that can improve life-saving services for women and girls. More
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
Before the pandemic, women already earned and saved less than men, were the majority of single-parent households and held more insecure jobs with less access to social protection. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an economic crisis of epic proportions – with women and girls getting hard-hit. More
Violence against women and girls has been increasing globally as the COVID-19 pandemic magnifies economic and social stresses. Meanwhile, crowded homes, measures to restrict contact and movement, and limited access to services are making it harder for survivors to seek help. More
The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a health issue. It is a profound shock to our societies and economies, and women are at the heart of care and response efforts underway. UN Women is bringing up-to-date information and analysis on how and why gender matters in COVID-19 response. More
International Women's Day 2021
The theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) 2021 is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”. Read more.
- A long journey to equality: Gender equality advocates look back on the Fourth World Conference on Women
- As cases of the violence against women continue to rise, UN Women provides psychological support for survivors
- 21 million Ukrainians reached by campaign celebrating women’s leadership in peacebuilding
- Looking beyond traditional gender roles to a world where childcare and household chores are shared equally
- Uniting against gender-based violence in Central Asia
With the will, there’s a way to end violence against women
In a statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says: "As we face COVID-19’s devastation, there has never been a more important moment to resolve to put our combined resources and commitment behind the biggest issues, and to end violence against women and girls, for good." More
25 years ago, Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action laid out a bold vision for gender equality. How far have we come in Europe and Central Asia since then? New regional report launched by UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia provides a snapshot.