Guatemala - From Where I Stand Martha Alicia Benavente

UN Women's First Decade (2011-2021)

UN Women was established in July 2010 and started operations in January 2011. In its 10 years of existence, UN Women has achieved significant results in supporting Member States to strengthen global norms and standards, translate these norms into real change in the lives of women and girls, and enhance coherence and impact of the work of the UN Development System on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Over the last 10 years, gender equality issues gained increased attention in the global environment. In 2015, together with the People’s Republic of China, UN Women convened the first-ever meeting on gender equality and women’s empowerment at the level of Heads of State and Government. In 2020, more than 40 leaders spoke at the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on Beijing+25, a remarkable increase from the Fourth World Conference on Women where only six countries were represented at this level. Media attention to gender equality issues has significantly increased around the world with gender equality now recognized as a key factor in political processes, peacebuilding and sustaining peace, the economy and other sectors. The G7, G20 and other global and regional intergovernmental fora have placed gender equality and women’s empowerment at the top of their agendas, which was not the case in 2010. While these advances are not always directly related to UN Women’s efforts, the Entity’s work has contributed to heightening global attention to gender equality.

The last 10 years have also seen an acceleration of progress on some key indicators in areas especially impacting women’s lives:

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of seats in national parliaments

are held by women (increased from 19 per cent)

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the number of countries with gender balanced parliaments

while the number of countries with severe women’s underrepresentation almost halved

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of peace agreements

have specific provisions to improve the security and status of women and girls (increased from 22 percent)

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of resolutions

adopted by the General Assembly integrate gender perspectives (increased from 37 per cent)

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in bilateral aid target gender equality

in fragile or conflict-affected situations in 2017–2018, which is an increase from $12.1 billion in 2011-2012 (last years with data availability)

UN Women's direct contribution during the decade

In addition, together with its partners, UN-Women directly contributed to the following results during the decade to create a more enabling environment for the realization of women’s rights:

Global Norms and Standards

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stand-alone Sustainable Development Goal

on gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, was adopted along with robust gender mainstreaming across the 2030 Agenda, through substantive support and targeted advocacy

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major intergovernmental agreements

including Rio+20, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development, the Paris Agreement, and others have a stronger inclusion of gender equality perspectives

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dedicated Security Council resolutions

bring more attention to women, peace and security

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successful outcomes

of the Commission on the Status of Women and the participation of nearly 35,000 civil society representatives

Leadership and Governance

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countries adopted or implemented legislated gender quotas

or constitutional provisions to increase women’s representation in national parliaments and local governments

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constitutional reforms

supported to strengthen women’s rights

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aspiring women leaders

and political candidates enhanced their campaigning and other skills

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National Development Strategies

integrated a gender equality focus

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countries

developed and implemented gender-responsive policies, plans and budgets

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countries

strengthened national statistical systems and data collection to track gender equality

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countries

home to 3 billion women and girls, have stronger legal protection through over 700 legal reforms, half of which eliminated discriminatory laws

Economic Empowerment

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countries

- home to 2.6 billion women and girls - have a stronger legal, regulatory and policy environment on women’s economic empowerment

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companies

signed the Women Empowerment Principles, up from 180

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women per year enhanced skills

to participate in the economy, including as entrepreneurs

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rural women

along with nearly 400,000 family members, benefitted from greater access to sustainable livelihoods and climate-resilient technologies and productive resources

Ending Violence Against Women

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countries

- home to 2.9 billion women and girls - have strengthened legal and policy frameworks to prevent and respond to violence against women

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countries

- home to 2.9 billion women and girls - have improved access to quality support services against violence

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women and girls

and 54.6 million people in the last five years alone reached through grants from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women

Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action

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countries or territories

had adopted National Action Plans on women, peace and security, up from 19

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increase in the allocation of funding

to UN peacebuilding projects promoting gender equality as a principal objective, thanks to the establishment of a 15 per cent target

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experts deployed

to document sexual and gender-based violence in conflict and crisis settings, including to every United Nations commission of inquiry

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women’s organizations

supported through the establishment of the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund; the Elsie Fund to help deploy women to peace operations; and the WPS Focal Points Network (the largest network of WPS actors in government) now convening 89 Member States and regional organizations

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of Security Council resolutions

on average mention women, peace and security-related issues, up from 15 per cent

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African Women Leaders Network

established as well as other women’s mediator networks established in most regions

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local women’s organizations

and networks supported in 30 crisis settings

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women and girls

in humanitarian services benefited from support on livelihoods and protection since 2018

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people in 42 countries

benefitted from gender-responsive disaster risk reduction policies, plans and strategies

UN Coordination

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first-ever accountability framework

for the United Nations system on gender equality and women’s empowerment (UN-SWAP) at corporate level and a doubling in UNCTs completing a comprehensive UNCT-SWAP report

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of UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks

with gender-specific outcome results, up from 47 per cent

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the number of UN entities

tracking resources for gender equality

Partnerships and Communications

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countries

and over 270 million people, reached through thematic civil society partnerships

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individual HeForShe commitments by men and boys

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Social Media
social media

followers, up from 188,000