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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.


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


Writing contest on gender and energy

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency has launched a writing competition, as part of its global campaign on addressing gender inequalities in energy access. The campaign and competition aims to inspire young people to lead the transformation for inclusiveness and equality in the energy sector in West Africa. 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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