UN Women is the UN entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established in July 2010 to accelerate progress on meeting women’s needs worldwide.
UN Women has a threefold mandate which sees it working at normative, coordination and operational levels in five thematic areas:
· Leadership and political participation
· Economic empowerment
· Ending violence against women
· Peace and security, and humanitarian action
· Governance and national planning
At the normative level, UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, for example by supporting inter-governmental bodies in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms. In coordination, UN Women works through high-level UN interagency bodies to promote the integration of gender perspectives in system-wide policies and holds the UN system accountable for its own commitments on gender equality. At the operational level, UN Woman stands ready to provide suitable technical and financial support to those countries that request it, and assists Member states and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to implement these visions and standards.
Planet 50-50 by 2030
UN Women envisages a world where all women and girls have equal opportunities and rights by 2030. Our campaign ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030 Step It Up’ asks governments to make national commitments that will close the gender equality gap – from laws and policies to national action plans and adequate investment.
UN Women welcomes the way gender equality has been integrated in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 2030 Agenda, which was endorsed by all UN Member States in August 2015. The 2030 Agenda offers a real opportunity to drive lasting change for women’s rights and equality, and to bring transformative change in women’s and men’s lives.
UN Women’s Nordic Office situated at UN City liaises with Nordic governments, parliamentarians and key decision-makers, as well as UN Women National Committees in Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, the private sector, media, civil society and all UN agencies based in Copenhagen. The Nordic countries have a steadfast relationship with the UN, and are strong advocates for gender equality both within their own countries and as part of their development cooperation policies.