UN Women

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The United Nations for gender equality and empowerment of women unit (UN Women)
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

Organization type United Nations unity
Abbreviation UN Women
management South AfricaSouth Africa Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Founded July 2, 2010
Headquarters New York City , New York , United States
United StatesUnited States 
Upper organization United NationsU.N. United Nations

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (short- UN Women , English United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women , UN Women ) is an organ of the United Nations , which was founded by the United Nations General Assembly on July 2 Decided unanimously in 2010.

2016 were revenues at 334 million US dollars and expenditures at 340 million US dollars.

Predecessor organizations

UN Women combines the work of four previously separate units of the UN system that deal with gender equality and empowerment :


UN Women has two essential roles to play: On the one hand, it should support intergovernmental institutions such as the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (Panel 2018–2022: Saudi Arabia ) in formulating policies , global standards and norms, with civil society cooperate and help the member states to implement these standards through technical and financial support. On the other hand, it should enable the United Nations system to give an account of its self-commitments to gender equality and to record global progress in this direction .


Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (2016)

Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet became the first head of the organization on September 14, 2010 . Her deputies were John Hendra and Lakshmi Puri.

On August 19, 2013, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed the South African politician Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka as Executive Director with the rank of Under-Secretary General. She thus succeeded Bachelet.


The work of the organization is directed by the UN General Assembly , the UN Economic and Social Council and the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

The Economic and Social Council elects an Executive Board of UN Women every three years , which consists of 41 members. These include:

  • ten members from the group of African states
  • ten members from the group of Asian countries
  • four members from the group of Eastern European countries
  • six members from the group of Latin American and Caribbean countries
  • five members from the group of Western European and other countries
  • six members from the group of top contributors to the organization.

In 2019 the following countries are members of the Executive Board :

  • African countries: Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Zambia
  • Asia Pacific countries: Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, Mongolia, Nepal, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Yemen
  • Eastern European countries: Belarus, Georgia, Hungary, Montenegro
  • Latin American and Caribbean countries: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Western European and other countries: Australia, Finland, Ireland, Turkey, Sweden
  • Countries that support UN Women in particular financially: Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Israel, United Arab Emirates


HeForShe solidarity campaign logo

HeForShe is a solidarity campaign for gender equality initiated by the UN women's organization. The aim is to encourage men and boys to stand up for achieving gender equality. The campaign aims to encourage them to actively campaign for women's rights and to take steps against the inequalities that women and girls are exposed to.

The campaign is based on the idea that gender equality is a social, economic and political issue that affects all people. HeForShe therefore tries to involve men and boys in a movement that was originally conceived as a "struggle by women for women".

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