The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

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UN WOMEN, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls, the empowerment of women, and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace, and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations System’s efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world.

UN WOMEN established its presence in Yemen in 2014 working in close collaboration with the UN system providing coordination and programme support to strengthen the UN response in addressing national priorities for gender equality and women’s empowerment, in line with UN Women’s strategic vision. UN Women in Yemen has entered into a partnership with UN entities in the country to support women’s engagement in Yemen’s current transition focusing on supporting women’s effective engagement in Yemen’s peace processes, and political participation. UN Women also focuses on supporting women’s effective engagement in the overall humanitarian response with partners and beneficiaries.

UN Women short-to-medium term response strategy functions through three interrelated tracks: 1) Support for Yemeni women’s collective voice and meaningful participation along the political track in close coordination and partnership with the Office of the Special Envoy to the Secretary General (OSESG) and the Office of the Resident Coordinator (RCO); 2) Gender mainstreaming the UN response and addressing information gaps about Yemeni women’s needs and vulnerabilities, in close coordination with the HCT, GenCap and INGOs (Oxfam, Care and others); 3) Programmatic Interventions to respond to the immediate protection and livelihoods needs of displaced and marginalized Yemeni women and girls, in partnership with UNDP, OHCHR and UNFPA.