APPG for UN Women
We are excited to announce that the APPG for UN Women has now launched!
This APPG provides a parliamentary platform to address the urgent need to take action to mitigate the disproportionate burdens carried by women and girls, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
UN Women UK acts as the Secretariat for this APPG, launched in September 2020. On this page, you will find updates and opportunities to get take part in our research and consultations.
You will also find details of the events we’ll be holding for International Women’s Day, and
at the Commission on the Status of Women, including our Side Event with the Women and Equalities Committee!
The APPG’s objectives are to drive policy change and bring stakeholder groups together to take action in pursuit of three goals:
1. Design game-changing solutions for women’s safety in cities and public spaces across the UK.
2. ‘Build back better’ for women and girls in the UK post-COVID-19, based on UN Women’s global recommendations.
3. Accelerate progress on gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals in the UK in the lead up to their deadline of 2030.
You can download full Terms of Reference for the APPG by clicking here, and our Registration Form by clicking here.
Baroness Sandy Verma and Maria Miller MP
**We are currently seeking a Labour Co-Chair who is passionate about women’s rights.**
If you are, or work with, an MP who you think would be interested, please reach out to us.
Liz Saville-Roberts | Plaid Cymru
Hannah Bardell | Scottish National Party
Julie Elliott | Labour
Laura Farris | Conservative
Sarah Champion | Labour
Theo Clarke | Conservative
We are currently recruiting Members for our APPG, and would welcome interest from all Parties, including from male allies!
Please get in touch with us if you are an MP who would like to be involved.
APPG Report on Sexual Harassment
The first report of this APPG has looked into the prevalence and reporting of sexual harassment towards women in UK public spaces.
This report draw on existing research, campaigns and data on the issue, including UN Women UK’s new survey commissioned from YouGov.
The report found that:
- 71% of women of all ages in the UK have experienced some form of sexual harassment in a public space – with young women in particular reporting high incidence. Only 3% of women aged 18-24 said they had not experienced sexual harassment.
- The two main reasons women of all ages cited for not reporting incidents are: “I didn’t think the incident was serious enough to report” (55%) and “I didn’t think reporting it would help” (45%)
- Trust in the systems in place to deal with the issue continued to be a problem: 44% of women agreed that having more confidence that reporting the incident would prevent it from happening again would encourage them to report.
Parliamentarians and people with an interest in global women’s rights are also invited to join the UN Women UK delegation for Commission on the Status of Women, which will be virtual this year.
Digital mosaic portrait for Women's History Month
The APPG is pleased to release a commissioned digital mosaic portrait of UK women Parliamentarians to mark Women’s History Month – celebrating women in political leadership, as well as raising awareness of the need to encourage more women to stand.
This has been released after the Parliamentary debate on 10th March 2021.
We hope it will inspire people to do more to ensure full and fair representation of women in leadership.
Download the mosaic here. Please contact appg[at]unwomenuk.org for a high resolution version.