UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.
UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide. It works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on four strategic priorities:
Women lead, participate in and benefit equally from governance systems
Women have income security, decent work and economic autonomy
All women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence
Women and girls contribute to and have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience, and benefit equally from the prevention of natural disasters and conflicts and humanitarian action
UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality, and in all deliberations and agreements linked to the 2030 Agenda. The entity works to position gender equality as fundamental to the Sustainable Development Goals, and a more inclusive world.
“Together we can be game-changers with women and girls, men and boys of the world, we can make the 21st century one of irreversible progress—for women and all humanity.” — Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director
A leading global gender equality entity – Innovative programmes and in-depth expertise make UN Women a one-stop global centre for advancing gender equality.
A brilliant and diverse community of gender equality advocates – Eighty per cent of UN Women posts are located in the field. Join more than 2,000 people, representing more than 150 different nationalities, working on challenging, global and highly rewarding initiatives.
Real and meaningful work to empower women and girls around the world – UN Women works with governments and civil society to design and implement laws, policies, programmes and services to enable women and girls to claim their rights and expand their opportunities.
Our values are underpinned by the United Nations values: respect for diversity, integrity and professionalism. Find out more about UN Women’s values and competencies.