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

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

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UN Women China

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Working in China since 1998, UN Women provides technical and financial assistance to innovative programmes and strategies for gender equality and women's empowerment.

UN Women works in partnership with governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), UN agencies, donors, communities and networks to advance gender equality.

Placing the advancement of women's human rights at the centre of our work, UN Women China focuses on:

  • Violence against Women
    This fundamental violation of women’s rights remains widespread. Women need strong laws, backed by implementation and services for protection and prevention.
  • Leadership and Political Participation 
    Whether in political bodies or corporate boardrooms, women have a limited say in the decisions that affect them. Measures are needed to open more space for women’s participation and help women realize their full leadership potential.
  • Economic Empowerment 
    Women lag far behind men in access to land, credit and decent jobs, even though a growing body of research shows that enhancing women’s economic options boosts national economies.
  • National Planning and Budgeting 
    Public planning often overlooks women’s specific needs and priorities. Gender equality should be a stated objective of all plans, backed by specific actions for implementation and sufficient funding.

In these major focus areas, UN Women China has projects and programmes in the following areas... More ►


Orange the World @Hangzhou

Video: Curtesy of Hangzhou Municipal Government

UN Women China, Hangzhou Municipal Government organized the event “Orange the World @Hangzhou” on 25 November 2016. The area of West Lake, the most famous scenic site in Hangzhou, lightened orange.


News and Updates

How can philanthropy best benefit women in China?

12 July 2017

Funders of development projects seek to maximize their impact on society, but how much do women in China actually benefit from these projects? Experts from funding organizations, development projects, United Nations agencies and others tackled this question at an international Gender Equality and Philanthropy Conference in China, organized by UN Women on 21-22 June. As Elizabeth Knup of the Ford Foundation said at the conference: “Whatever we... more

Women Rising: A Diverse Perspective

28 June 2017

On Monday June 26th, the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN) hosted the 2017 Women in Leadership Forum “Women Rising: A Diverse Perspective”. The full-day event featured a fantastic line-up of speakers who, addressed women’s empowerment in leadership roles across sectors, including politics, business, entrepreneurship, creative... more

Remarks: International HeForShe Roller Derby Invitational

10 May 2016

This is the culmination of more than 10 years of advocacy, by Chinese civil society, the Women’s Federation, the UN system, embassies, and other national and international organizations. Domestic violence occurs in all countries and affects all groups of people. Strong laws are needed to prevent domestic violence, to provide assistance to survivors of... more

Shining the Olympic Spirit on Gender Equality: “International HeForShe Roller Derby Invitational” Advocacy Event

03 May 2016

Chinese popular TV star Zhu Yawen and Olympic speed skating champion Wang Meng attended a special sports advocacy event to show their support for gender equality. The advocacy event, which is organized by UN Women, Proya Cosmetic Company, Beijing Roller Derby, and seven other sponsors, is the International HeForShe Roller Derby Invitational. The event will attract a large audience... more

Family Violence Law takes a historical step forward for women’s and children’s protection

15 March 2016

The UN System in China welcomed the entering into force of the Family Violence Law on March 1, marking a significant step in preventing and protecting victims of family violence in the country. Adopted at the 18th Session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on 27 December 2015, the law prohibits family violence, defined as physical, emotional and other behaviors in the form of beating, binding, mutilation and restriction... more

Women in China hope to take part in politics on an equal footing

22 December 2015

The project may be ending, but our mission has only just begun”, it is with these words that Madame Duan Guohui, Deputy Director General of the International Department of All-China Women’s Federation (ACWF), opened the “Enhancing Chinese Women’s Political Participation” meeting in Beijing. The meeting, held on 17-18 December brought together over 100 women and men - from more than 20 provinces across the country, to share their... more



UN Technical Paper Recommendations from the International Roundtable on the Family Violence Legislation in China


This technical report provides specific recommendations regarding provisions to be included in the Chinese national Family Violence Law. These recommendations are informed by international human rights treaties adopted by China that define the State’s responsibility to provide protection to victims of family violence and hold perpetrators accountable as well as by the gaps that exist in current Chinese law. The recommendations also integrate lessons learned from... more