Civil society is one of UN Women’s most important constituencies. It is a dynamic source of ideas and policy perspectives, partnerships and support. It plays a vital role in advancing shared strategic objectives to promote gender equality, and women’s rights and empowerment.
UN Women also supports civil society participation in a number of intergovernmental processes. For example, outreach to non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council assists their contributions to discussions at the Commission on the Status of Women and major international conferences. Continued partnership with grass-roots women during and after Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, has fostered their ongoing dialogue with key policymakers.