UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. The agency was established in 2010 and operates in over 90 countries around the world. Its mandate is to support member states in their efforts to advance gender equality and to promote women's rights and participation in all aspects of society.
The agency's work is guided by the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which was adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995, and by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 5 which aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
UN Women's work is organized around four strategic priorities: (1) increasing women's leadership and participation, (2) ending violence against women and girls, (3) enhancing women's economic empowerment, and (4) promoting women's rights and gender equality in humanitarian action.
The agency works with governments, civil society organizations, the private sector, and other stakeholders to develop and implement programs and initiatives to advance gender equality and women's empowerment. UN Women also advocates for gender equality and women's rights at the global level, including through the Commission on the Status of Women and other United Nations bodies.
Overall, the work of UN Women is aimed at achieving gender equality and women's empowerment, which is critical for the realization of human rights, the achievement of sustainable development, and the promotion of peace and security around the world.
Agenda Item: The Gender Pay Gap
Economic Empowerment and Political Participation