Partnerships are the foundation of all aspects of UN Women’s work. Having a broad array of partners who make distinct contributions fosters a widely shared commitment to upholding women’s human rights. This translates into stronger capacities for action, including through sustainable coalitions that accelerate progress towards gender equality.


Voluntary financial contributions sustain UN Women’s programmes and affirm support for gender equality goals. Funding comes from governments, foundations, corporations, organizations and individuals. A minimum of US$500 million has been set as the annual operating budget for UN Women. A number of donor governments have made generous commitments to reach this objective.

In Asia and the Pacific, UN Women has received development support from the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.

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2012 Core Contributions and Pledges to UN Women
2011 Core Contributions and Pledges to UN Women
2010 Summary Financial Statements
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National Women’s Machineries

Typically serving as central coordinating units for women’s affairs within national governments, these promote the integration of gender equality measures across national policies and programmes. They are vital partners in the process of developing national actions to achieve international agreements on women’s rights, including the Beijing Platform for Action and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. read more »

Private Sector

Private sector partnerships are important to advancing gender equality, both through financial support to UN Women and through advocacy around the Women’s Empowerment Principles. The principles offer practical guidance to businesses on empowering women in workplaces, markets and communities, recognizing that this is good for women and good for business. read more »

Civil Society

Civil society advocates make critical contributions to the global policy framework on women’s empowerment and gender equality through the annual UN Commission on the Status of Women. They play important roles in holding international and national leaders accountable for commitments to gender equality and women’s rights, and are involved in implementing UN Women’s programmes in individual countries. read more »

UN Women Asia Pacific Regional Civil Society Advisory Group

When establishing the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations General Assembly requested “the head of the Entity to continue the existing practice of effective consultation with civil society organizations and encourage(d) their meaningful contribution to the work of the Entity”  (General Assembly resolution 64/289). 

So as to ensure a continued dialogue with civil society on the corporate direction and vision of UN Women and to promote dialogue and networking with civil society advisory groups which UN Women offices have established in a number of countries in Asia and the Pacific, UN Women will be constituting an Asia-Pacific Regional Civil Society Advisory Group (APRCSAG). read more »

National Committees

National Committees are active in 18 countries as independent, non-governmental organizations that support the mission of UN Women. They conduct membership programmes, advocacy, public education about UN Women and global women’s issues, and fundraising for UN Women’s programmes around the world. read more »

Goodwill Ambassadors

People of international stature in the arts, culture and politics support UN Women. They lend their names, talents and time to advocacy for gender equality that has broad reach and high impact. read more »