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Flagship Programmes

Our 12 Flagship Programming Initiatives sit within 5 strategic impact areas to help achieve gender equality.

UN Women Programmes empower women and girls and give them a voice, to break down the barriers they face.

Political Empowerment

Economic Empowerment

The Elimination of Violence

Leadership Driven Peace & Security

Planning & Budgeting


Women's political empowerment is focused on achieving equal opportunities, greater freedoms and capacity for women to control their own lives.

Women's Leadership in Politics


of all parliamentarians

of all heads of state


Women's Access to Justice

Women are still under-represented in politics. This needs to change. Countries with female lawmakers spend greater resources on education and paid leave, contributing to an equal labour force.


less likely to have a legal dispute

countries limit what women can do


Social norms, like patrilineal rules of inheritance, mean that globally women are left in positions of reduced power.


Elimination of violence against women.
Violence against women is a major obstacle to equality. It is neither acceptable, nor inevitable.

Prevention and essential services
We ensure the right support is available.

1 in 3

Women Worldwide

7 in 10

Safe cities and safe public spaces 


of young women

of women


We create safe spaces for women, and for entire societies.


Women's economic empowerment.
We work to drive jobs and income creation for women from vulnerable and unprotected territories.

Women's access to land



less starving people


Women make up 43% of the agricultural labour force in developing countries, and do most of the unpaid care work, yet have less access to land than men.

Equal opportunities for women entrepreneurs





Peace, security and humanitarian action, shaped by women in leadership positions.

Women’s leadership in crisis response

Placing the rights and needs of women and girls affected by humanitarian crises at the heart of humanitarian action.



since 1970

Women’s engagement in peace, security and recovery 


than wwII


We need women to be involved in humanitarian efforts.


Planning and budgeting. 

Gender equality in national budgeting and governance is essential to ensure gender equality globally.

Gender statistics for our development goals. 

Increased and improved data on gender equality enables effective planning for the future.

In 2013

The UN Statistical Commission endorsed a minimum set of gender indicators to serve as a guide for data compilation, and following a request from the General Assembly, adopted a set of violence against women indicators. 

Out of the 52 outcome indicators in the minimumi set, there are only 35 for which internationally accepted standards for measurement exist and for which data are regularly collected by countries. 


Strengthening policy, planning and budgeting processes at national and local levels for improved government accountability, transparency and service delivery.


The full and equal participation of women and civil society is central to achieve these objectives. Financing gaps for implementing national actions plans on gender equality are often as high as 90%.
Gender inequality in work costs low income countries USD $9 trillion per year.

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