About us

UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. Learn more

Ms. Sima Sami Bahous became UN Women’s third Executive Director on 30 September 2021. A champion for women and girls, gender equality, and youth empowerment, as well as a keen advocate for quality education, poverty alleviation, and inclusive governance, Ms. Bahous brings to the position more than 35 years of leadership experience at the grassroots, national, regional, and international levels, coupled with expertise in advancing women’s empowerment and rights, addressing discrimination and violence, and promoting sustainable socio-economic development towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more

Alia El-Yassir is UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia and Representative to Turkey since September 2018. She previously worked as the UN Women Special Representative in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) and was volunteer for a number of women’s and human rights NGOs. Learn more

Several international agreements guide the work of UN Women. Learn more

UN Women is committed to independent and objective internal oversight to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of its operations. Learn more

UN Women procures more than USD 100 million worth of services and goods each year to support its programme of work. UN Women is committed to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women worldwide while delivering green results, with an emphasis on transparency and effectiveness. Learn more

In Europe and Central Asia, UN Women has a strong foundation with a presence in: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo (under UN Security Council Resolution 1244), Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Serbia, Tajikistan, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Learn more