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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 I am (wo)man Research

At the Intersection of Contraception Use and (Wo)man Empowerment

Women’s economic empowerment has an impact on the health of mothers and children. Several studies have shown the use of contraception as a precursor to the reduction of infant and maternal mortality. In fact, a recent study showed that use of contraception since the 1950s is attributable to a 44% reduction in maternal deaths worldwide. Contraception or otherwise known as birth control, or family planning plays a prominent role in women and men’s health and the health of society. The use of contraception is a complex phenomenon affected by family structures, cultural traditions, and social structures, but at the root of this is women’s empowerment. Read more


UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality third call for proposals

Women-led civil society organizations with innovative and high-impact programmes for women’s economic and political empowerment are invited to apply. Deadline for application is 5 April 2015. Read more

SEED Awards 2015 call for application

Is your enterprise in a start-up phase and does it integrate social and environmental benefits, solving pressing local issues? Is it women-led? Do you need support to establish and grow your enterprise? Apply for the SEED Awards 2015 by 31 March. Read More

SPRING gives entrepreneurs tailored support to grow businesses and empower girls. 

The SPRING accelerator includes 9 months of intensive mentorship, prototyping, and networking with leading local and global advisers and investors. Eligible entrepreneurs must apply by 16 March 2015. Read more

The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme call for application

The programme is a $100 million decade-long commitment to support African entrepreneurs, and is open to young businesses with strong market feasibility and clear financial models. Applications are open until 1 March 2015. Read more


OFID-UNDP cross-regional grant competition

Non-profit organizations from Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa are invited to submit project ideas that can bring positive change to communities, and can be implemented in a cross-regional partnership. Applications are open until 30 March 2015. Read more

Are you a woman, between 25 and 35, and from one of the Mediterranean countries?

The first edition of Women of the Mediterranean training will be held in Paris and Brussels from June 1st to June 15th 2015. Applications to participate in the training are open. Deadline for submission is 21 March 2015. Read more

Featured Resources

The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action Turns 20 

This summary report provides a review of national level implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. It includes current challenges and achievements, as well as opportunities for strengthening gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda. Read more


The World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior

This year’s World Development Report shows how a richer view of human behavior can help achieve development. It shows how a more subtle view of human behavior provides new tools for interventions. There are some interesting data and insights on gender stereotypes and social norms and how to advance gender equality and women's empowerment. Read more


The World Survey on the role of women in development 2014

This five-year UN Women report focuses on gender equality and sustainable development, with chapters on the green economy and care work, food security, population dynamics, and investments for gender-responsive sustainable development. The report comes at a crucial moment, as the global community agrees on the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more


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