UN Women

Around the world and through the decades, we have all shared in the global struggle for gender equality.

A female community worker in protective gear checks the temperature of another woman

The second wave of COVID-19 in India brought unprecedented losses. UN Women and health sector experts answer frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and how it impacts women and girls in India.

A group of people carry a bullhorn and a sign that reads "Equality"

Convened by UN Women, the Generation Equality Forum is taking place in Paris, on 30 June to 2 July. Here’s how it’s set to be catalytic with actions that accelerate progress on women’s rights.

grid of artworks on gender equality

We all have the potential to create meaningful change in the world around us. Whether by educating family and friends, speaking up on social media, challenging stereotypes through creative expression or otherwise, we can each promote gender equality and #ActForEqual every single day. In the run up to the 2021 Generation Equality Forum UN Women asked artists globally to visualize what gender equality means to them and received more than 1000 inspirational submissions from creative advocates all over the world.

Phumzile dressed in bright traditional African clothes is surrounded by African women holding up signs.

"If anything works for women, in any country, it is most likely to work for most people. If you want to address the majority of the people who really need you, target women." In this episode of Awake at Night, we meet Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women. Phumzile shares anecdotes about her friendship with Mandela and describes the formative issues behind her leadership of women’s rights and drive for investment in gender equality that culminate in the Generation Equality Forum.

Diane Ndarbawa

Diane Ndarbawa is a youth activist for economic justice: "Through my organization, Manki Maroua, I work every day to foster respect for women’s economic rights, including improved working conditions."

a collage of portraits of women.

UN Women invites women’s and feminist organizations, government and private entities to make bold commitments for equality at the Generation Equality Forum, from 30 June to 2 July.

Bianka Rodríguez.

On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (#IDAHOBIT), 17 May, eight LGBTIQ+ activists share their stories of resisting, supporting, and healing.

Portrait of Devishi Jha

Devishi Jha,18, is climate activist and Director of Partnerships at Zero Hour, an international youth-led climate justice organization. Jha speaks up for climate action because she wants a secure future for her generation and those to come after. UN Women introduces this young changemaker leading the way. Youth advocates are extremely conscious and are paving the way for future action in sustainability and climate justice, so it is imperative to collectively listen to those voices.

Act For Equal! Join Generation Equality and show people everywhere that, together, we’re standing up for gender equality.

drawing of diverse women

The 65th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), the UN’s largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s empowerment, will take place from 15 to 26 March.

collage of women leaders

Every day, through our actions, and in the way we lead, talk, question and act, we challenge norms, transform habits, change laws, take action and inspire others to create a world without gender-based discrimination. We are Generation Equality rising. In the throes of a global pandemic, how we act now matters more than ever. This International Women’s Day and as world leaders and activists prepare for the 2021 Generation Equality Forum, a global gathering to invest and innovate for gender equality, we are mobilizing to bring change. Join us.