UN Women is the global champion for gender equality, working to develop and uphold standards and create an environment in which every woman and girl can exercise her human rights and live up to her full potential. We are trusted partners for advocates and decision-makers from all walks of life, and a leader in the effort to achieve gender equality.

EU – UN Women partnership

Since the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2012, UN Women and the European Union established a solid and longstanding partnership to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment at global, regional, and national levels. Together, the EU and UN Women have worked in more than 90 countries worldwide to push for transformative change. Today, with women’s rights and gender equality under increased attack, the EU – UN Women partnership is more important than ever.

The European Union and UN Women partnership focuses on several areas of work, including:

  • increased leadership, governance and participation in public life for women,
  • women’s economic empowerment
  • ending violence against women and girls,
  • peace and security, humanitarian action and disaster risk reduction,
  • as well as climate change and digitalisation, innovation and technology.

Additionally, UN Women and the EU continuously strive to push further gender equality and women’s empowerment in key international processes such as the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the UN Security Council agenda on Women, Peace and Security, as well as the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals, the International Conference on Financing for Development, the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Global Compact on Migration, the World Humanitarian Summit, the Generation Equality Forum and more.

UN Women Brussels Liaison Office

The UN Women Brussels Liaison Office engages​ in policy dialogue and exchanges, joint programming development and joint advocacy at the European Union level.

More precisely, UN Women Brussels Liaison Office:

  • Engages in policy dialogue with European Union stakeholders ( EU institutions, EU Members States, civil society organizations and other EU- based actors) to jointly advance the gender equality and women’s empowerment agenda globally ;
  • Engages in joint advocacy campaigns and activities to further promote the gender equality and women’s empowerment agenda.
  • ​Engages with EU institutions to continue to develop EU-UN Women joint programming at global, regional and national level.

UN Women’s work in the world

Globally, 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 priorities:

UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality, and in all deliberations and agreements linked to the 2030 Agenda. The entity works to position gender equality as fundamental to the Sustainable Development Goals, and a more inclusive world.