Ten years ago, the European Union and UN Women established a strong and long-standing partnership to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women at global, regional and national levels. Since then, this partnership has continued to grow and strengthen. As women’s rights and gender equality come under increasing attack, the partnership between the EU and UN Women is more important than ever.
EU-UN Women hand in hand for gender equality and women’s empowerment
Our collaboration is also evident in our commitment to the Generation Equality Forum organized by UN Women and co-organized by France and Mexico in partnership with civil society and youth.
The EU has been an invaluable supporter and partner in pushing the agenda forward and continues to lead by example through its work as co-lead of the Gender-Based Violence Action Coalition and the Call to action on protection from gender-based violence in emergencies.
A key contribution to the Generation Equality Forum includes the EU’s commitment to implement the Gender Equality Action Plan IIIEU’s ambitious policy framework for gender equality in external action.
Together, we have worked in over 90 countries around the world to push for transformative change. We have worked to achieve stronger global norms and standards in gender equality, gender-responsive laws, policies and institutions, access to services for survivors of gender-based violence, production and use of sex-disaggregated data, as well as women’s political participation and leadership.
The EU and the UN working hand in hand in full partnership within the framework of the Spotlight Initiative in 26 countries and 6 different regions, is one of the largest investments ever made for eliminate violence against women and girls and is already showing impressive results.
The impact of COVID-19 has exacerbated gender inequalities, increasing violence against women and girls, slowing progress in all areas of life, including employment, health and employment. education.
Progress towards a more equal world is not linear and we must remain vigilant and engaged everywhere. Some of today’s crises, from Ethiopia and Yemen to Afghanistan and the war in Ukraine; all have seriously reversed this progress. Often, narratives around war and crisis are still blind to women’s experiences. We will continue to address the structural causes of gender inequality and gender-based discrimination, including by actively engaging men and boys to challenge harmful and negative gender norms and stereotypes.
We will continue to work within the framework of the key priorities of the strategic plan of the European Union and UN Women. These include strengthening women’s leadership, governance and participation in public life, 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.
On 20 May 2022, the EU and UN Women reaffirm their commitment to continue implementing the 2012 Memorandum of Understanding and to ensuring an inclusive approach enabling like-minded partners and allies to work together for full equality and women’s rights, including with EU Member States and UN agencies. In today’s multipolar world, the EU-UN partnership, and that with UN Women, is of particular political importance.