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 ►

News and Updates

Vice President of Qinghai Women’s Federation Dang Huiqiao, second from left, speaks at the project launch meeting. Photo: UN Women/Wang Qing

UN Women helps to protect China’s rural women from the impacts of climate change

Friday, September 14, 2018

The world is facing a broad range of daunting challenges of climate change, including environmental degradation and depletion of water resources, which in turn exacerbate rural poverty and hurt the livelihoods of rural women. UN Women’s Gender Dimensions of Vulnerability to Climate Change in China report in 2016 found that women are more vulnerable than men to the adverse impacts of climate change... more

From left to right: Professor of Performing Arts at the Central Academy of Drama, Liu Tianchi; Jing Dong Group Chief Human Resources Officer and General Counsel, and Director General of the Jing Dong Public Welfare Foundation, Long Yu; Founder and CEO of the Kuai Kan Comics Corporation, Chen Anni; World Champion Deng Yaping; UN Women China Country Program Manager, Julie Broussard. Photo: UN Women

As 2018 China Women Leadership Forum held to celebrate International Women’s Day, survey finds wage gap has decreased but still significant

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

"Her World·Her Strength," the 2018 China Women Leadership Forum, was held on Wednesday, March 6th in Beijing. The forum was jointly organized by UN Women, Zhilian Zhaopin, and CCTV's Survey on Chinese Lifestyle and Economy. With the theme 'More Than This' this event was aimed at encouraging working women to overcome traditional gender norms, challenge prejudices and stereotypes, and call on all circles of society... more

China Julie Broussard holds the Olympic Torch in Paju, South Korea

UN Women carries the Olympic Torch, calls for gender equality in sports

22 January 2018

UN Women Country Programme Manager in China, Julie Broussard carried the Olympic Torch in Paju, South Korea, leading up to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. She called for gender equality in sport, following in the footsteps of UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who had carried the Olympic Torch at the 2016 Rio Games... more

UN Women and Global Goodwill Ambassador jointly organized Fundraising Gala

11 December 2017

UN Women and Global Goodwill Ambassador jointly hosted a fundraising event in Beijing, China on 10 December, 2017. The theme was "Hand in Hand for Gender Equality" to support gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. The partnership was established at a successful Charity Fundraising Gala in 2016, during which 200,000 USD was raised to support UN Women's work in China. In light of the success of the last... more

UN Women and Netease announce the winners for the 2017 "Women's Media Award"

13 December 2017

UN Women China and its prominent media partner Netease are award-ing leading women in the media who have given notable contributions to the fastest grow-ing industries in the country, while globally the pain and anger of more than a million peo-ple who recently tweeted #MeToo have crowded social media with personal stories of sex-ual harassment or assault. After Weinstein, 40 men in the media industry have been ac-cused of sexual misconduct... more

EVAW Trust Fund Equality Project Dissemination workshop held in Beijing

29 November 2017

On 28 Nov 2017, the "20 Months of Implementation of DV Law: From NGO Perspective" workshop was held in Beijing. This workshop was jointly organized by UN Women and Equality NGO (Weiping). Around 100 participants from UN agencies, governmental agencies, research institutes, as well as civil society organizations attended this workshop. In the meantime, the workshop echoes the "16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence", which is between November 25th to December... more

Youth Leadership in Preventing and Ending Violence against Women and Girls Initiative launched in Beijing

24 November 2017

The UN agencies and leading educational institutions are encouraging young people's leadership to prevent and end violence against women at the national launch of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based violence. Today's world is home to 7 billion people. Young people under the age of 25 make up for 43 per cent of the world's total population and young people lead the way... more

Power for a Sustainable Future: Women and Green Energy

22 August 2017

Green energy development does not automatically benefit all evenly and sustainably. The world today faces a significant energy divide, between rich and poor countries, between urban and rural areas and between men and women. 1.1 billion people world-wide, mainly in rural areas, do not have access to energy, and 2.9 billion people worldwide still use solid biomass, such as wood or waste, for cooking and heating. In developing Asia, 526 million people, or 14 per cent of the population, lack electricity access. Without significant political commitment and investment, energy poverty is said to deteriorate even further over the next 20 years... more

Greater efforts needed to protect disadvantaged women from domestic violence, say experts at workshop co-organized by UN Women

16 August 2017

Law enforcement authorities must strengthen efforts to protect China’s disadvantaged women from domestic violence, including women living with HIV, LBT people and those with disabilities. Gender equality experts and advocates made this recommendation at a 09 August workshop in Beijing that UN Women co-organized with equality NGO (Weiping) and Women’s Network against AIDS-China. About 75 participants from United Nations and governmental agencies, research institutes and civil society organizations attended... more

Publications

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

2014

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