UN Women

What is UN Women?

UN Women is the United Nations entity responsible for promoting women’s empowerment and gender equality. The current Executive Director of UN Women is South African Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who took office in August 2013. The work of UN Women aims to: Support inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in the formulation of policies, global standards and normsHelp Member States implement these standards through technical and financial support and facilitating effective partnerships with civil societyHold the UN system accountable to its own commitments on gender equality. UN Women's priority areas are: 

  • Expanding women’s leadership and political participation
  • Enhancing women’s economic empowerment
  • Ending violence against women
  • Fostering peace and security
  • Incorporating gender equality into governance and national planning
  • Informing the post-2015 development goals
  • Bringing a gender equality lens to programs that address HIV and AIDS

To find out more about UN Women, visit www.unwomen.org