Photo: OSCE/Aigul Seralinova

Photo: OSCE/Aigul Seralinova

Mobilizing partnerships to accelerate progress

Partnerships multiply the power of UN Women’s programmes and advocacy many times over. We help align UN system members behind women’s empowerment, bring dynamic civil society voices to the centre of global debates and engage the private sector to empower women in the work and market place.

UN coordination

At a police station in Kazakhstan, a report of domestic violence comes in, and a police officer is immediately dispatched. In earlier days, the response might have been to simply calm the situation or even ignore it all together. But now, the officer will take along tough new legal tools to protect survivors, including provisions to remove perpetrators from the scene, and link survivors to legal and other help they need.

National committees

UN Women's national committees mobilize public support and resources for gender equality. Established in 2013, the French National Committee has rapidly developed an important network of civil society and private sector supporters, convening 80 major businesses to promote the Women's Empowerment Principles. A partnership with pop-singer Inna Modja sparked broad media visibility through a video clip appealing to youth to help end violence against women.

Civil society remains a bedrock partner for all our endeavours, both as the everyday voice of conscience and the invaluable "feet on the ground" in times of humanitarian crisis.

DR. PHUMZILE MLAMBO-NGCUKA, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director

Civil society

Civil society voices resonated throughout Beijing+20, with UN Women providing vital support to their participation. We backed civil society research that highlighted women's current realities, and shaped regional reviews and intergovernmental deliberations at the Commission on the Status of Women. As part of our universal mandate, we expanded partnerships with civil society in the United States and the Nordic countries.