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A message from UN Women’s Executive Director

As the Executive Director of UN Women, I will push for women’s economic empowerment alongside other priorities, because this is essential to ending poverty and advancing gender equality. Women have a right to equal opportunities and equal access to resources and training. This is why I am so proud of our new online partnership platform to advance the economic empowerment of women. When women are empowered, the benefits ripple outwards and bring benefits to many others. I encourage everyone to join us at and be part of this exciting initiative.

Featured Tools and Resources

Incubate, Invest, Impact. Building and investing in high-impact enterprises for empowering women and girls: an action plan for gender lens incubator and investing 

Gender lens incubation and investing can generate large-scale social and financial returns through contributing to building high impact enterprises that promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Increasing women’s economic opportunities and entrepreneurship are widely recognized to contribute to per capital income growth, poverty reduction and sustainable development shape our world. Read more.

Diversity delivers a distinct competitive advantage 

As the global war for talent and the ageing workforce combine to reduce the volume of workers available in New Zealand, it is increasingly critical that organisations attract, recruit, retain and develop the best talent. New market-leading ideas and perspectives require new thinking. The Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) believes a diverse workforce is the key lever behind such thinking. This case study provides insight into what BNZ has been doing for the women in their organisation that led to an acknowledgement last year by UN Women and the United Nations Global Compact. Read more.

Gender and Land in the Western Balkans

This FAO-World Bank film addresses the challenges to increasing female land ownership in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia). Although sound legal frameworks protecting women’s rights to own property are in place throughout the region, longstanding customs and traditions continue to favor male property ownership. A joint FAO-World Bank project in the region produced sex-disaggregated data on land ownership for each country, indicating low levels of female ownership. Armed with their new data, country gender teams set about working to reverse the trend in pilot communities.


Applications open for Women in Business Mentoring Programme

The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women selects and matches women entrepreneurs and mentors from around the world to join their prestigious year-long mentoring programme. Check your eligibility and apply now. Deadline for submission is 30 September 2014. Learn more

Nominations open for WEPs CEO Leadership Award

The Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) are accepting nominations for the 2015 WEP’s CEO Leadership Award, which recognizes business leaders for their exceptional championship of gender equality and support for the seven Women's Empowerment Principles. Deadline for submission is 14 November 2014. Learn more.


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