UN Women

Key results of UN Women's Strategic Plan 2018–2021

During the Strategic Plan 2018–2021, UN Women worked with a breadth of partners to support the translation of global norms and standards into real changes in the lives of women and girls, and enhance the coherence and impact of the work of the United Nations Development System on gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. With its partners, UN Women directly contributed to the following results to create a more enabling environment for the realization of women’s rights:

Global Norms and Standards

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successful outcomes

of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (three agreed conclusions and one political declaration)

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civil society representatives

participated in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (2018–2019) and 20,732 registered (2020–2021)

Leadership and Governance

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of seats

in national parliaments are held by women, up from 23 percent [(Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicator 5.5.1(a)]

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of gender-specific SDG indicators

have available data, up from 26percent

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aspiring women leaders

and political candidates enhanced campaigning and other skills

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Countries
countries

developed and implemented national action plans on gender equality and gender-responsive budgets

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national development strategies

integrated a gender equality focus

Economic Empowerment

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Outcomes and conclusions
countries

- home to 1.6 billion women and girls - have a stronger legal, regulatory and policy environment on women’s economic empowerment

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governments, companies and international organizations

significantly opened markets for women by developing and implementing policies to prioritize purchasing from women-owned businesses

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Private Sector
private sector companies

signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles

Ending Violence Against Women

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cities

supported by UN-Women have data on the prevalence of sexual harassment against women and girls in public spaces

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countries

have adopted or strengthened legislation addressing violence against women and girls in private and public spaces that (1) is in line with best practices (2) has allocated a budget and (3) has an oversight mechanism for monitoring

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Outcomes and conclusions
countries have legislation

(in line with best practices) to prevent, investigate, sanction and redress femicide/ feminicide/ gender related killings of women

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strategy
countries

- home to 2.5 billion women and girls - have strengthened national action plans (NAPs) and strategies to end violence against women with a component that addresses social norms, attitudes and behaviour transformation

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support network
countries

- home to 2.7 billion women and girls - have improved access to quality support services for survivors of violence

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people

(including over 22.5 million women and girls in 2021 alone) reached through grants from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women (UN Trust Fund)

Women, Peace and Security, Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction

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of peace agreements

have specific provisions to improve the security and status of women and girls (2020), increased from 25 percent (2015–2017)

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money
in Peacebuilding Fund resources

allocated for peacebuilding projects that address women’s specific needs, advance gender equality and/or empower women as their principal objective (2017–2021)

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in the proportion of UN-led (or co-led) peace processes

in which women were included in the mediation team, negotiating parties had senior women in their delegations, consultations with women’s civil society organizations were held and technical gender expertise was provided (2017–2021)

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data
in gender analysis

informing Humanitarian Needs Overviews (country-level, evidence-based assessments of humanitarian needs) (2017–2021)

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United Nations Member States

and territories with national action plans on women, peace and security in 2021 (79 in 2018)

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crisis-affected women and girls

benefitted from UN-Women supported humanitarian services

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countries with gender-responsive disaster risk reduction

legislation, policies, strategies, plans and assessments, covering778 million people, were achieved in close cooperation with national governments and 1,407 women’s organizations

UN Coordination

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United Nations entities

are on board to consolidate gender mainstreaming standards across key functions of the United Nations system through the UN-SWAP 2.0 accountability framework

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of United Nations country teams

completed the UNCT-SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard (UNCT-SWAP) report annually in 2021, up from 7 percent in 2018

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money
of total funding

were allocated through joint efforts to strengthen the gender lens in the second call of the Multi-Partner Trust Fund in the response toCOVID-19, via the gender equality marker, up from 5 percent in the first call)

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United Nations entities' latest available data

on gender parity is consolidated on the first United Nations System-wide Dashboard on Gender Parity which was launched in 2021 by UN-Women and UNDP

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humanitarian country teams

engaged annually with Inter-Agency Standing Committee Gender Accountability Framework reporting

Partnerships and Communications

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individual HeForShe commitments

by men and boys

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companies

are represented as members of the Unstereotype Alliance worldwide with half a trillion dollars in global advertising yearly

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Social Media
social media

followers, up from 8.2 million

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impressions

earned via media outreach, 1.2billion in social media reach and over 4 million campaign video views around the Generation Equality Forum

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policy, programmatic, advocacy or financial commitments

to the six Action Coalitions at the Generation Equality Forum