UN Women Centre of Excellence for Gender Equality in the Republic of Korea

Photo: UN Women/Jaeyeon Jung
Photo: UN Women/Jaeyeon Jung

Established in 2022 with the support of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family of the Republic of Korea (ROK), the UN Women Centre of Excellence for Gender Equality is the first UN agency present in the country with a dedicated mandate on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Aspiring to function as a knowledge and partnership hub for the Asia-Pacific region, the Centre collaborates closely with both Korean and regional stakeholders. It strives to engage in meaningful activities that highlight the importance of gender equality and enhance the capacities of policymakers and practitioners in both the public and private sectors.

About the centre

Through the three pillars of work under the leadership of the Centre’s Director, the Centre aims to contribute to operationalizing normative frameworks on gender equality and the empowerment of women, informing innovative approaches to achieving Sustainable Development Goals, transforming harmful social norms in the fast-changing and unique social landscape of Asia and the Pacific, and forging partnerships across sectors.

The Centre will also capitalize on the Republic of Korea’s rich experience in accelerating gender equality, and share Korea’s inspiring stories as well as lessons learned with other countries through UN Women’s regional and global networks.

The Centre is already delivering trainings for over 200 people from various groups and institutions within the Asia-Pacific region on three main themes for 2022:

  • Ending violence against women
  • Climate change, environment & disaster risk reduction in alignment with the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66)
  • Gender data and statistics

In 2023, the Centre looks forward to scaling up its research, policy dialogue, and gender training activities with a thematic focus on women and technology. The Centre will leverage Korea’s expertise in non-conventional data sources and the use of technology for data production, including big data. Innovation will be used to generate new knowledge on the various links between women and technology.

With the UN Women Centre of Excellence in the Republic of Korea, UN Women today is better positioned to help advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in the region.

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For more information contact:

UN Women Centre of Excellence for Gender Equality
12F, Seoul Global Center, 38, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu,
Seoul, Korea, 03188, Republic of Korea
Tel: +82 2 720 7220
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