United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

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UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established in 2010 to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

Iman Jordan

Iman, a 38-year-old Syrian woman from Jordan’s Al-Mafraq governorate is a beneficiary of the ‘Spring Forward for Women’ project. She benefited from one of the revolving loans provided by UN Women and funded by the European Union and was able to fund her small home appliances shop.

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 priority:

  • Women lead, participate in and benefit equally from governance systems
  • Women have income security, decent work and economic autonomy
  • All women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence
  • Women and girls contribute to and have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience, and benefit equally from the prevention of natural disasters and conflicts and humanitarian action.

UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality.


The Brussels Office aims to: 1) build and strengthen cooperation and partnerships for advancing women’s rights and achieving gender equality with the European Union (EU) and other Brussels based institutions; 2) contribute to the strengthening of gender equality in EU policies in line with international commitments to women’s empowerment and human rights. The office also engages in outreach, representation and policy dialogue with the governments and other partners in Belgium, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Regarding private sector, the Brussels Office is also working on expanding partnerships, reaching out and mobilizing commitments around the Women’s Empowerment Principles.

On 20 May 2022, the EU and UN Women reaffirmed their commitment to continuing the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding of 2012 and ensure an inclusive approach that allows like-minded partners and allies to work jointly for full equality and rights of women, including with EU Member States and UN agencies. In today’s multipolar world, the EU-UN partnership, and that with UN Women carries particular political significance.

We also work together in more than 50 countries worldwide to push for gender equality legislation and planning and budgeting, to provide life-saving services for women survivors of violence, and to work with communities to break stereotypes. The active collaboration was also illustrated by the commitment of European leaders to the HeforShe Campaign as well as a vibrant joint comic competition, engaging young Europeans in picturing their vision of progress towards gender equality.

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Contact information

UN Women Brussels Liaison Office
Boulevard du Régent 37-40

1000 Brussels
Tel : +32 2 213 14 44
E-mail: [email protected]

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