UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson (centre) and Senior Chief Inkosi Kachindamoto (left) are welcomed by pupils at the Mtakataka Secondary School, where girls have been able to return to their education after their child marriages were annulled. Photo: UN Women/Karin Schermbrucker.

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson (centre) and Senior Chief Inkosi Kachindamoto (left) are welcomed by pupils at the Mtakataka Secondary School, where girls have been able to return to their education after their child marriages were annulled. Photo: UN Women/Karin Schermbrucker.

Campaigning to engage the public

Women and the SDGs

The 2030 Agenda is a universal plan for a shared future. Its success depends on the awareness and active engagement of people in every country. Through public advocacy, UN Women advances work on the ground. Our campaigns reach mass audiences to inspire action on the range of concerns vital to women and the Sustainable Development Goals.

HeForShe Impact Champions drive transformation

What happens when over 1.1 million men and boys stand together as HeForShe to create a gender equal world? When one of these men presides over a country, the results can include a landmark change to the Constitution. That was the case in Malawi, where President Arthur Peter Mutharika, an Impact Champion for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign, has been a leading force in persuading people to agree, once and for all, to end child marriage.

A New York City landmark, the Flatiron Building lit up on International Women’s Day 2016 to echo UN Women’s call: Step It Up for Gender Equality! Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown.
A New York City landmark, the Flatiron Building lit up on International Women’s Day 2016 to echo UN Women’s call: Step It Up for Gender Equality! Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown.

Stepping it up for the global goals

In 2015, at a historic gathering at the United Nations sponsored by UN Women, more than 70 world leaders committed to campaign for Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality! Agreeing that there will be no global goals achieved without gender equality, nearly 100 countries pledged specific moves to end discrimination and close gender gaps.

Investing in women is vital for economic growth and sustainable development. By bringing together corporations, governments and civil society through partnerships, we can positively impact women, their families, their communities and create a brighter future for all. By leveraging its extensive expertise, UN Women is a driving force in enabling the empowerment of women around the world. We are proud to support UN Women’s important work and look forward to continuing our partnership.

Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer of Unilever

Promoting equal pay

With women still earning on average 23 per cent less than men, the Equal Pay Platform of Champions is rallying a global call to close the gap. During the 2017 session of the Commission on the Status of Women, Oscar Award-winning American actress Patricia Arquette and two-time Olympic gold medalist and soccer superstar Abby Wambach joined leaders from trade unions, civil society, government, the private sector, the film industry and gender equality advocates to launch the platform and kick-off a public awareness campaign. The Equal Pay Champions committed to advocating for the issue in their own capacity and will urge decision-makers to do their part for an issue fundamental to women’s economic empowerment.

Uniting against violence

Ending violence against women and girls has become an urgent global calling. In 2016, people in a record 105 countries came together under the umbrella of the UN Women-managed UNiTE campaign to commemorate the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

More than

1.1

million men and boys have
signed up to HeForShe to date

 

18,000

media reports featured UN Women

More than

5

million social media followers