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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

Financial Inclusion: A Path to Empowerment and Opportunities

This is the 2014 annual report of the Special Advocate of the UN Secretary-General for Inclusive Finance for Development, H.M. Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. In her report she addresses the global landscape of progress, key advocacy issues, global commitments and country-level progress. She highlights progress in reaching rural populations, taking innovation to scale and informing and protecting new customers. Her "Road Ahead" focuses on: making scale a priority, developing country-specific solutions and ensuring global support. Read more 

Realizing Women's Rights to Land and other Productive Resources

Women’s access to, use of and control over land and other productive resources are essential to ensuring their right to equality and to an adequate standard of living. Throughout the world, gender inequality when it comes to land and other productive resources is related to women’s poverty and exclusion.  Barriers which prevent women’s access to, use of and control over land and other productive resources often include inadequate legal standards and/or ineffective implementation at national and local levels, as well as discriminatory cultural attitudes and practices at the institutional and community level. Read more

Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity 

This report identifies promising opportunities and entry points for lasting transformation, such as interventions that reach across sectors and include life-skills training, sexual and reproductive health education, conditional cash transfers, and mentoring. The report also underlines the vital role information and communication technologies can play in amplifying women's voices, expanding their economic and learning opportunities, and broadening their views and aspirations. Read more.


Online Course on Trade and Gender

In an effort to enhance the knowledge about the links between trade and gender among stakeholders in developing and transition countries, the UNCTAD Virtual Institute (Vi) and the UNCTAD Trade, Gender and Development Section pooled their expertise to develop an online course on trade and gender. The course targets academics, policymakers and representatives of civil society in developing and transition countries involved in research, teaching, policy formulation and implementation, or field work in the area of trade and gender. Click here for more information. 

Nominations open for WEPs CEO Leadership Award

The prestigious Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) CEO Leadership Awards recognize business leaders for their exceptional championship of gender equality and innovative concrete actions taken to advance the 7 Principles, particularly Principle 1: Leadership Promotes Gender Equality. The Award recipients will have the opportunity to speak directly about their commitment at a ceremony held during the WEPs Annual Event on 10-11 March 2015. Deadline for submission is 14 November 2014. To learn more about the Awards process, criteria, categories, and past recipients please click here. (Spanish I French)

E-learning course "Gender in Food and Nutrition Security"

The course, “Gender in Food and Nutrition Security”, is the result of the combined efforts of a multidisciplinary team of international and local practitioners. It is designed to help professionals working in agricultural development and food and nutrition security to promote gender equality from the design stages through to the implementation and evaluation of policies, programmes and projects. This is the most recent of a series of e-learning courses, developed under the EU-FAO programme "Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction", which focus on topics related to food and nutrition security, climate change, social analysis, impact assessment and land governance. Click here to access the course.

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