Partnerships are the foundation of all aspects of UN Women’s work. Having a broad array of partners who make distinct contributions fosters a widely shared commitment to upholding women’s human rights. This translates into stronger capacities for action, including through sustainable coalitions that accelerate progress towards gender equality.
Voluntary financial contributions sustain UN Women’s programmes and affirm support for gender equality goals. Funding comes from governments, foundations, corporations, organizations and individuals. A minimum of US$500 million has been set as the annual operating budget for UN Women. A number of donor governments have made generous commitments to reach this objective.
- 2011 Core Contributions and Pledges to UN Women
- 2010 Summary Financial Statements
National Women’s Machineries
Typically serving as central coordinating units for women’s affairs within national governments, these promote the integration of gender equality measures across national policies and programmes. They are vital partners in the process of developing national actions to achieve international agreements on women’s rights, including the Beijing Platform for Action and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
Private sector partnerships are important to advancing gender equality, both through financial support to UN Women and through advocacy around the Women’s Empowerment Principles. The principles offer practical guidance to businesses on empowering women in workplaces, markets and communities, recognizing that this is good for women and good for business.
Civil society advocates make critical contributions to the global policy framework on women’s empowerment and gender equality through the annual UN Commission on the Status of Women. They play important roles in holding international and national leaders accountable for commitments to gender equality and women’s rights, and are involved in implementing UN Women’s programmes in individual countries.
National Committees are active in 18 countries as independent, non-governmental organizations that support the mission of UN Women. They conduct membership programmes, advocacy, public education about UN Women and global women’s issues, and fundraising for UN Women’s programmes around the world.
People of international stature in the arts, culture and politics support UN Women. They lend their names, talents and time to advocacy for gender equality that has broad reach and high impact.
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