Leading global companies and foundations committed millions in additional financing for gender equality at the Business and Philanthropy Leaders’ Forum co-hosted by UN Women with the Alibaba Group and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in September 2015. Jack Yun Ma, Executive Chair of the Alibaba Group; Melinda Gates, Co-Chair and Trustee of the Gates Foundation; and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka opened the event. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Leading global companies and foundations committed millions in additional financing for gender equality at the Business and Philanthropy Leaders’ Forum co-hosted by UN Women with the Alibaba Group and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in September 2015. Jack Yun Ma, Executive Chair of the Alibaba Group; Melinda Gates, Co-Chair and Trustee of the Gates Foundation; and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka opened the event. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Forging partnerships to speed results

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The strength of our diverse partnerships helps us deliver results for women. Joint efforts help spread innovative practices, exert powerful arguments for change and extend the reach of programmes through infusions of new resources. The goal of gender equality by 2030 is feasible when all pull in the same direction.

Over 40 media outlets joined UN Women in launching the Step It Up for Gender Equality Media Compact to enhance women’s representation in the news media. South African broadcaster SABC, here with UN Bureau Chief and Correspondent Sherwin Bryce-Pease, is one of the inaugural signatories. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown.

Over 40 media outlets joined UN Women in launching the Step It Up for Gender Equality Media Compact to enhance women’s representation in the news media. South African broadcaster SABC, here with UN Bureau Chief and Correspondent Sherwin Bryce-Pease, is one of the inaugural signatories. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown.

A compact mobilizes the media

Some of the world’s leading media outlets now have something in common besides a powerful voice; they’ve signed on as founding members of UN Women’s Step It Up for Gender Equality Media Compact to address gender imbalances in the media. The Compact comes in the wake of findings of the 2015 Global Media Monitoring Project conducted by the World Association for Christian Communication and supported by UN Women. Evidence from over 100 countries confirmed that progress has been extremely slow in rectifying women’s under-representation in the media. For instance, women are the subjects of television, radio and print coverage only a quarter of the time. The survey served as a wake-up call for media houses and newsrooms who were asked to take a stand against gender discrimination. As a result, Media Compact members have now defined agendas for action.

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson launched the HeForShe Parity Report at the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 2016.
UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson launched the HeForShe Parity Report at the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 2016.

HeForShe enlists men and boys

UN Women’s increasing engagement with men and boys has led 64 of our country offices to embark on some form of collaboration. Globally, our HeForShe movement mobilizes men and boys—from those in small communities to those leading corporations and countries—to be advocates of change for gender equality.

Launched in 2015, the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative brings together 10 global CEOs, 10 Heads of State and Government and 10 university presidents to drive change from the top, by increasing women’s share in leadership and across industries such as the high-tech sector. At the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2016, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson helped launch the inaugural HeForShe Corporate Parity Report on gender equality in the corporations of the 10 CEOs.

Businesses come on board

On the eve of the adoption of Agenda 2030, UN Women joined the Alibaba Group and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to host a Business and Philanthropy Leaders Forum at the United Nations. As Heads of State and Government convened at the United Nations nearby, leaders from 30 companies and 10 foundations pledged to boost funding for gender equality and women’s empowerment—to the tune of USD 20 million. Besides the two co-hosts, additional contributors included the Open Society Foundation, MasterCard, the State Bank of India and Mali’s Groupe Kledu.

Over

1,000

companies signed on to the Women Empowerment Principles (WEPs)

Over

700,000

men have signed up to HeForShe

 

38

Civil Society Advisory Groups operate at the national, regional and global levels, covering more than 70 countries

Over

40

media outlets have signed up to our Media Compact Planet to Step it Up for Gender Equality

Tarcila Rivera Zea, Director of CHIRAPAQ, is one of the 150 women’s rights advocates, members of UN Women’s Civil Society Advisory Groups from around the world, who gathered in New York to discuss strategies for reaching a Planet 50-50 by 2030 at the Global Civil Society Dialogue, November 2015. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown
Tarcila Rivera Zea, Director of CHIRAPAQ, is one of the 150 women’s rights advocates, members of UN Women’s Civil Society Advisory Groups from around the world, who gathered in New York to discuss strategies for reaching a Planet 50-50 by 2030 at the Global Civil Society Dialogue, November 2015. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Civil society advances the 2030 Agenda

Civil society groups and the women’s movement are instrumental partners in much of UN Women’s advocacy and programmes to empower women. We supported feminist civil society coalitions, including grass-roots groups, in the 2015 negotiations leading up to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development. Such groups played a paramount role in advancing gender equality commitments by UN Member States. When Heads of State and Government adopted Agenda 2030, UN Women, in parallel, convened civil society consultations to identify priorities to achieve gender equality by 2030, including the implementation of activities under the stand-alone gender equality goal.

The first-ever Youth Forum at the Commission on the Status of Women engaged 300 young participants in March 2016. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

The first-ever Youth Forum at the Commission on the Status of Women engaged 300 young participants in March 2016. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Youth shape the future

The current generation of youth is the largest in history, with a critical role to play in shaping a more equal and just future. In 2015, having already established partnerships with youth in over 30 countries as well as globally, UN Women developed a strategy to empower young women and men to advance gender equality.

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman championed Face it Together, a campaign to end violence against women in Australia promoted by the UN Women National Committee Australia.
UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman championed Face it Together, a campaign to end violence against women in Australia promoted by the UN Women National Committee Australia.

National committees raise funds and awareness

UN Women partners with 14 National Committees, independent, non-governmental organizations dedicated to supporting our work for women. In 2015 for instance, Iceland’s committee raised USD 100,000 to train border control officers and provide mobile units to assist women refugees at the border of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia.