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Knowledge Library

Access, contribute and provide feedback on resources and tools for women’s economic empowerment

Knowledge Network

Knowledge Network

Connect with leaders, experts, peers to explore partnerships and joint ventures on women’s economic empowerment

Knowledge Circles

Knowledge Circle

Join, contribute and interact with other members to learn, exchange ideas and innovate on women's economic empowerment

Learning Center

Discover free training and learning materials and tools for building professional and business skills for women’s economic empowerment

Business Hub

Find out about how gender-responsive businesses, collective and institutions create economic opportunities for women and contribute to gender equality.

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.


Knowledge Gateway Consultative Survey 

In September 2014, the Knowledge Gateway for Women's Economic Empowerment celebrated its first anniversary. To review progress made since its launch and to receive your feedback on how this global online platform and community can be more relevant to your work and activism for women’s economic empowerment, we have launched a Consultative Survey. You have an opportunity to be more active. Tell us your interest areas at the end of the survey. We look forward to your active participation. The survey is available in English, Arabic, French and Spanish

One-Year Start-Up Training

The DO School is looking for talented female social entrepreneurs to solve the "Packaging Challenge", set by H&M to create an innovative packaging system for one of their product lines. Over a 10 week intensive program in Hamburg, Fellows work together to create a concrete service, product or campaign as a Challenge solution, and use skills learnt to develop their own related social ventures into viable business plans ready for implementation. Fellows then spend 10 months in their home countries starting up their venture, supported by the DO School online course to create real social impact. 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 1 December 2014. To learn more about the Awards process, criteria, categories, and past recipients please click here. (Spanish I French)
Featured Tools and Resources

Extracting Equality: A Guide

The guide examines how to approach the issue of gender within the extractive sector. It is the first ever extractive value chain that combines gender with good governance. This toolkit examines all twelve steps of the extractive value chain, from finding out how much natural resources a country has to looking at how a project should be dismantled. At each step, the toolkit offers a clear picture of the specific considerations to make and questions to ask in order to ensure women are not left out of natural resource governance. Are women being consulted about the impact of mining? Are women as well as men being trained in contract monitoring?  Read more 

Markets for Change: Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu Market Profiles

The report outlines the essence of the Markets for Change Project (M4C) with profiles of the markets in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. The M4C focuses on 4 key areas: inclusive, effective and representative marketplace groups, improved socio-economic security of female market vendors, gender-responsive effective and accountable local government and market arrangement and physical infrastructure and operating systems. Read more 

Deepening Financial Inclusion for Women in the Pacific

This study explores women’s ability to access and control financial resources and analyze the issues that must be addressed in order to provide effective financial services to women toward their deepened financial inclusion. This document represents a comprehensive analysis of insights drawn from women’s perceptions of their financial behavior. The recommendations found in this report are directed toward donors and practitioners in the region and are intended to serve to stimulate dialogue toward the development of strategic entry points to deepen women’s financial inclusion in the Pacific. Read more

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