A global champion for women and girls, UN Women is the United Nations entity responsible for promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. UN Women was established in 2010 to accelerate progress to meet the needs of women and girls worldwide.
UN Women Australia is a registered charity which exists to raise funds for and awareness of UN Women’s work across the Pacific region and around the world. UN Women Australia is recognised by UN Women as its partner in Australia to advance UN Women’s agenda.
UN Women’s priority areas of work include:
- Expanding women’s leadership and participation
- Ending all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls
- Ending poverty through enhancing women’s economic empowerment
- Responding to crises, building peace and resilience, with women’s needs and talents at the centre of disaster planning and response
UN Women’s approach is through partnership. Working in close consultation with community leaders and governments, UN Women collects and disseminates evidence to shape effective policies and programs. At the heart of this work is ensuring that everyone everywhere, regardless of gender, has the same opportunity. To lead, to learn, to earn a decent living and to live a life free from violence and discrimination.
Gender equality is not only a basic human right, but its achievement has enormous socio-economic impacts. Empowering women fuels thriving economies, spurring productivity and growth. Still today gender inequalities remain deeply entrenched in every country in the world. Women lack access to decent work and face occupational segregation and gender wage gaps. They are often denied access to basic education and health care. Women in all parts of the world suffer violence and discrimination. They are under-represented in political and economic decision-making processes.
UN Women is working to change that, and has set a deadline to achieving gender equality: we are working hand in hand with partners and governments around the world to achieve Planet 50/50 by 2030.