Girls and Women

The rights and equality of girls and women are not only a moral obligation but a huge opportunity. Every safe, educated, healthy, and empowered girl or woman has the potential to transform her family, community, economy, and society.

Yet, despite progress, gender inequality and discrimination still prevail across the globe. One in three women experience violence in their lifetimes. Complications from pregnancy are a leading cause of death for adolescent girls; 214 million women want to avoid or delay pregnancy but are not using effective contraception; and women are still dramatically underrepresented in positions of economic and political leadership.

The UN Foundation has made girls and women a priority since our inception. Today, we work with the UN and partners on initiatives that accelerate progress toward Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality, which also ignites progress across all the SDGs.

Progress Toward Gender Equality

Where are we in the fight for gender equality and SDG5?

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The Dangers to Women in Emergencies

Learn how UNFPA helps pregnant women in crises.

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Valuing Women’s Time

Why we need better data on women’s unpaid work.

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Through partnerships with the UN and others, the UN Foundation works to ensure that every girl and woman can achieve her potential. We support the UN’s efforts to tackle violence against women, we support targeted research to build evidence about women’s empowerment, and we work to empower the next generation of girl leaders. We also work to enhance private sector support for the UN’s Every Woman Every Child movement.

Contact Us

Michelle Milford Morse

Vice President for Girls and Women Strategy

mmorse@unfoundation.org

Molly Pezzulo

Coordinator, Girls and Women and Global Health

mpezzulo@unfoundation.org

Kalkidan Shebi

Senior Associate, Girls and Women

kshebi@unfoundation.org

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