What we do
All human development and human rights issues have gender dimensions. UN Women focuses on priority areas that are fundamental to women’s equality, and that can unlock progress across the board.
Women's Economic empowerment
UN Women supports the creation of an enabling environment for women entrepreneurs through providing tailored packages of financial and non-financial services as well as assets to enhance employment opportunities. In addition, skills of poor and marginalized women are being improved so that they work and act collectively. These interventions have contributed to increasing women’s income by 50% and strengthened their ability for self-employment and financial independence.
Ending All Forms of Violence Against Women and Girls
Women’s right to live free from violence is upheld by international agreements such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), especially through General Recommendations 12 and 19, and the 1993 UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women. In its efforts to end violence against women, Egypt has achieved several milestones.
Women, peace and security, and Humanitarian support
UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (2000) is a landmark resolution that stresses the importance of equal and full involvement of women in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security, and it paved the way for UN SCRs 1820, 1888, 1889, 1960, 2106, 2122, 2242, 2467, and 2493, all of which contain provisions in support of gender equality and women’s voice, agency and empowerment.
Men and Women for Gender Equality
The Regional Programme “Men and Women for Gender Equality” aims to encourage men and women in Arab societies to exercise their rights and opportunities, equally. Implemented in Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Palestine in its first phase (2015–2018), the programme was expanded to include Tunisia and Jordan for its second phase (2019–2021). The programme is made possible through the generous support of Sida.
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