United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

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UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established in 2010 to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

Iman Jordan

Iman, a 38-year-old Syrian woman from Jordan’s Al-Mafraq governorate is a beneficiary of the ‘Spring Forward for Women’ project. She benefited from one of the revolving loans provided by UN Women and funded by the European Union and was able to fund her small home appliances shop.

UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide.. It works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on four strategic priority:

  • Women lead, participate in and benefit equally from governance systems
  • Women have income security, decent work and economic autonomy
  • All women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence
  • Women and girls contribute to and have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience, and benefit equally from the prevention of natural disasters and conflicts and humanitarian action.

UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality.


The Brussels Office aims to: 1) build and strengthen cooperation and partnerships for advancing women’s rights and achieving gender equality with the European Union (EU) and other Brussels based institutions; 2) contribute to the strengthening of gender equality in EU policies in line with international commitments to women’s empowerment and human rights. The office also engages in outreach, representation and policy dialogue with the governments and other partners in Belgium, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Regarding private sector, the Brussels Office is also working on expanding partnerships, reaching out and mobilizing commitments around the Women’s Empowerment Principles.

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The European Union and UN Women recommitting to their partnership on 15 June 2016 with a joint statement signed at the European Commission by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica. Photo: © European Union, 2016

On 16 April 2012, the EU and UN Women signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which lays the groundwork for a dynamic partnership both in terms of policy dialogue/advocacy as well as joint programming. In 2016, a joint statement between UN Women and the EU recommitted to working jointly for gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide to reach a Planet 50-50 by 2030. With strong political support at the highest level, the partnership outlines areas and modalities of cooperation between UN Women and the EU. The MoU covers both (i) policy dialogue as well as (ii) joint programming and focuses mainly on the following thematic areas: women’s leadership and political participation; women’s access to economic empowerment and opportunities; combating sexual and gender based violence; humanitarian aid/Women, Peace and Security; responsiveness of plans and budgets to gender equality; gender equality and women’s empowerment in the context of global issues (i.e.. sustainable development, climate change).

The partnership consists of joint policy dialogue and best practices exchanges, joint advocacy and joint programming for increased women’s leadership, political participation and economic empowerment, for combatting sexual and gender-based violence, and for responsiveness of plans and budgets to gender equality. Together, we stress the centrality of gender equality and women’s empowerment for development and peace in key international processes, such as the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and the UN Security Council agenda on Women, Peace and Security.

We also work together in more than 50 countries worldwide to push for gender equality legislation and planning and budgeting, to provide life-saving services for women survivors of violence, and to work with communities to break stereotypes. The active collaboration was also illustrated by the commitment of European leaders to the HeforShe Campaign as well as a vibrant joint comic competition, engaging young Europeans in picturing their vision of progress towards gender equality.

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Contact information

UN Women Brussels Liaison Office
Boulevard du Régent 37-40

1000 Brussels
Tel : +32 2 213 14 44
Fax : +32 2 213 14 49
E-mail: [email protected]

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