UN WOMEN (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women)

UN WOMEN profile

  • Overview

    UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010 to accelerate progress of women globally. UN Women is working in 79 countries with government and communities. UN Women’s programmes and work are focused on five priority areas:

    1. enhancing women’s economic empowerment;
    2. increasing women’s leadership and participation;
    3. ending violence against women;
    4. engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes;
    5. making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting

    Increasingly UN Women is looking to business leaders to become champions and valuable partners in driving change that advance women’s equality and economic empowerment. When women are empowered and earn an income, they invest back into their families and communities. This drives hunger, poverty and malnutrition down and improves standards of health, education and well-being. The support of private sector organizations is vital in reaching our goals.

    Preferences in private sector partnership

    UN Women strongly believes in the power of mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborative efforts with reputable businesses to further gender equality and women’s empowerment and we are committed to working with the corporate sector to support the role of business in fostering sustainable development and achieving international development goals.

    UN Women’s current private sector alliances are characterized by shared agendas and leverage each organization’s collective strengths. We are building partnerships that are multi-faceted and integrated into public affairs, philanthropic, marketing and communications strategies. Partnerships cover a range of activities, including:

    - Strategic philanthropy: investing in multi-year grants and contributions that back UN Women’s core programmes, or regional and national programmes;
    - Cause-related programmes that raise funds, help build brand awareness and enhance consumer engagement;
    - Involvement of employees through giving and matching gift programmes, skilled volunteering and increased scope for staff development;
    - Events and sponsorship;
    - Advancement of gendered corporate responsibility through the Women’s Empowerment Principles; and
    - Sharing of expertise and provision of in-kind support, such as technical knowledge and communications channels.

    Preferred partnership types

    Advocacy of global issues; Project funding; Provision of services / personnel

    Sustainable Development Goals

    1. No poverty; 5. Gender equality; 8. Decent work and economic growth; 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; 10. Reduced inequalities; 12. Responsible consumption and production

    Issue areas

    Child Labour; Forced Labour; Gender Equality; Human Rights; Human Trafficking; Indigenous Peoples; Labour; Migrant Workers; Persons with Disabilities; Poverty; Principle 1; Principle 2; Principle 3; Principle 4; Principle 5; Principle 6; Women's Empowerment