Girls on a basketball team in Mangueira, Brazil learn life skills to combat gender inequalities through “One Win Leads to Another,” an Olympic legacy programme developed as part of a UN Women partnership with the International Olympic Committee. Photo: UN Women/Gustavo Stephan.

Girls on a basketball team in Mangueira, Brazil, learn life skills to combat gender inequalities through “One Win Leads to Another,” an Olympic legacy programme developed as part of a UN Women partnership with the International Olympic Committee. Photo: UN Women/Gustavo Stephan.

Partnering for a sustainable future

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The success of the 2030 Agenda rests on a global partnership for sustainable development, firmly grounded in universal solidarity and the commitment of everyone with a stake in a better world. UN Women forges an array of partnerships—with public institutions, private businesses and civil society—that make progress towards gender equality reach further and move faster.

Empowering girls through sports

The flame shot up bright against the blue sky of Rio de Janeiro, a perennial symbol of life and peace at the Olympic Games. In the hands of UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, it carried an extra message—of the empowerment of women and girls, and of a peace that includes living free from all forms of fear and discrimination. The event offered a moment to rejoice and reflect on the power of sports in galvanizing social change and gender equality.

In Turkey, more than 150 companies signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles. Many of these companies’ leaders gathered in Istanbul to launch the WEPs Implementation Guide. They sent a powerful message: “Equality Means Business!” Photo: Global Compact Turkey/Tolga Sezgin.

In Turkey, more than 150 companies signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles. Many of these companies’ leaders gathered in Istanbul to launch the WEPs Implementation Guide. They sent a powerful message: “Equality Means Business!” Photo: Global Compact Turkey/Tolga Sezgin.

Aligning business with the global goals

UN Women’s partnerships with the private sector help advance gender equality across all corporate operations, from value chains to workplace practices. Unilever, for example, has drawn on our assistance to develop the Global Framework on Women’s Safety, aimed at empowering 5 million women in the global supply chain linked to the corporation’s tea business. The framework involves measures to ensure women can work in safe, secure environments, and that they find equal opportunities to develop new skills and better livelihoods. A UN Women collaboration with Citi resulted in a training guide, already piloted in Brazil and India, aimed at encouraging companies to buy more from women-owned companies.

400

companies adopted the
Women’s Empowerment Principles

40

civil society advisory groups
operate at the national, regional
and global levels,
covering more than 60 countries

15

National Committees support
our work across 4 continents

The European Union and UN Women affirmed their partnership with a joint statement signed by (from left) UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini, and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica. Photo: European Union.

The European Union and UN Women affirmed their partnership with a joint statement signed by (from left) UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini, and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica. Photo: European Union.

Partnering across borders

UN Women strengthened its partnership with the European Union through through a joint recommitment to a Memorandum of Understanding. This recommitment builds on the 2030 Agenda and the EU Gender Action Plan for External Action, while also recognizing need for joint action on global challenges such as countering violent extremism, climate change and the gender dimension of refugee policies and action. In addition, three opinions adopted by the European Commission’s Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men on work-life balance, women migrants and refugees, and ending female genital mutilation saw the contributions of UN Women. With UN Women’s engagement, the communiques of the Group of 7 and Group of 20 recognized the importance of prioritizing women’s economic empowerment.

An 11-hour climb took Kanchhi Maya Tamang to the summit of Mount Everest, with a gender equality message. UN Women’s Civil Society Advisory Group in Nepal supported the mission. Photo: Courtesy of Kanchhi Maya Tamang.

An 11-hour climb took Kanchhi Maya Tamang to the summit of Mount Everest, with a gender equality message. UN Women’s Civil Society Advisory Group in Nepal supported the mission. Photo: Courtesy of Kanchhi Maya Tamang.

A broader reach to civil society

UN Women continued to enhance the roster of its civil society advisory groups (CSAGs), with a global total of 40. New members include, among others, LGBTI and youth leaders, trade unions and disability rights groups. This greater diversity is also reflected in the composition of the new Executive Director’s CSAG, which advises her strategically and substantively.

A fundraising video produced by the Icelandic National Committee to support UN Women’s assistance to refugee women in Iraq helped raise money for the distribution of dignity kits to newly displaced women and girls from Mosul. Screenshot from video by the National Committee for UN Women in Iceland.

A fundraising video produced by the Icelandic National Committee to support UN Women’s assistance to refugee women in Iraq helped raise money for the distribution of dignity kits to newly displaced women and girls from Mosul. Screenshot from video by the National Committee for UN Women in Iceland.

National Committee support

In 15 countries, National Committees advocate for UN Women and build supportive partnerships for achieving gender equality and the global goals. The National Committee in Finland, for instance, raised funds in 2016 for UN Women’s core operating costs, for humanitarian action to respond to refugee women’s needs in the Balkans and for women’s entrepreneurship in India. UN Women’s newest National Committee was established in the Netherlands. Its committed members and supporters are raising funds and awareness about gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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