A young Palestinian policewoman raises public awareness on how police protect the safety and rights of women, part of a joint UN effort to ensure women access justice. Photo: UN Women/Cindy Thai Thien Nghia.

A young Palestinian policewoman raises public awareness on how police protect the safety and rights of women, part of a joint UN effort to ensure women access justice. Photo: UN Women/Cindy Thai Thien Nghia.

Marshalling collective UN action

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Across the diverse organizations of the UN system, UN Women leads a coordinated approach to gender equality. In programmes and operations, we emphasize the centrality of women’s rights and empowerment for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and upholding international norms and standards.

Justice and security institutions, service providers and civil society discuss implications of the establishment of the Specialized Public Prosecution on family protection in the State of Palestine. Photo: UN Women/Cindy Thai Thien Nghia.

Justice and security institutions, service providers and civil society discuss implications of the establishment of the Specialized Public Prosecution on family protection in the State of Palestine. Photo: UN Women/Cindy Thai Thien Nghia.

Broadening impact through joint programmes

Through joint programmes, UN Women collaborates with other UN entities to integrate gender equality measures across a wide range of core development concerns. In the State of Palestine, UN Women and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) carried out a joint programme on strengthening the rule of law that builds on partnerships with 13 justice and security institutions, and more than 40 civil society organizations and universities. Within a broader state-building agenda, UN Women has taken a leadership role in integrating gender justice and demonstrating the fundamental importance of women’s access to justice.

Sweden recognises UN Women’s overall responsibility to strive to mainstream gender equality, women’s rights and empowerment, and to contribute to the implementation of SDG 5 of the 2030 Agenda. Support to UN Women is multiplied through its mandate to lead, coordinate and promote accountability for the entire UN system’s gender equality work.

Isabella Lövin, Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation

A system-wide plan for action on equality

Through the UN System-wide Action Plan on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-SWAP) developed by UN Women, UN entities establish gender equality strategies that move the organizational bar in all areas of operations. Over 90 percent of organizations now report on measures adopted under the UN-SWAP, and by 2016, 51 had gender policies and reflected gender in their strategic plans, up from 21 in 2012, when the UN-SWAP began. Gender policies and plans continue to be the most strategic drivers of change for gender equality within organizations; those with them markedly outperform those without.

Status of women in the United Nations system