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There were days, particularly the dark days of COVID-19, when the challenges appeared insurmountable. At times I wondered whether we would ever live in a world with equality in leadership opportunities, protection and governance for everyone. The pandemic highlighted the immense challenges that women face in their health, safety and livelihoods. Many women, especially those in vulnerable communities, have lost a generation’s worth of economic gains. With the increase in gender-based violence and the reversal of decades of advancement for women in the workplace, we have reached an inflection point for gender equality.
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This report tells UN Women’s story over the period 2019–2020. It shares how we and our many partners are striding forward to realize a better world for women and girls—one of equality and empowerment. Looking forward, we will draw on our full resources and experiences in protecting and advancing the rights of all women and girls. That is what we do and who we are, as a leader, mobilizer, convenor, provider of programmes, and partner for change.
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This year has seen UN Women’s programmes in the Pacific reach more women than ever before. There is evidence of progress and that the needs, potential and contributions of Pacific women are being prioritised and included in the private and public sectors alike. There is still, however, much to be done. While the intenational community’s adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals – and the level of recognition they gave to the need to achieve gender equality – is a...
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Across the 22 countries in the Asia-Pacific region where UN Women has programme presence,partnerships with ministries for gender equality, women’s organisations, UN agencies and developmentalagencies have shaped our work on economic empowerment, ending violence against women; addressing harmfulpractices based on gender stereotypes and advancing peace and security.Our first interactive Annual Report 2015 highlights our key achievements.
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The Annual Report documents UN Women’s work to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality around the world. It highlights some of the organization’s initiatives during the year and provides summary financial statements, a list of new programmes and projects, and contact information.