Project profile — United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women - Institutional Support 2015


UN Women (41146)
2015-03-30 - 2016-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Africa, regional (25.00%)
• America, regional (25.00%)
• Asia, regional (25.00%)
• Europe, regional (25.00%)


• Public sector policy and administrative management:
Public sector policy and administrative management (15110) (30.00%)
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (30.00%)
Human rights (15160) (40.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)


This grant represents Canada’s institutional support to the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). UN Women uses these funds, along with those of other donors, to support its core mandate and functions. UN Women's mandate is focused on eliminating discrimination against women and girls; empowering women; and achieving equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action, and peace and security interventions. UN Women works to support global standards for gender equality and helps countries meet these standards by providing expertise and financial support. Canada's support helps to promote equality between women and men and tackle discrimination against women and girls globally.

Expected results 

The expected results for this project as stated by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in its 2014-2017 strategic plan include: (1) women lead and participate in decision-making at all levels; (2) women, especially the poorest and most excluded, are economically empowered and benefit from development; (3) governance and national planning fully reflect accountability for gender equality commitments and priorities; (4) a comprehensive and dynamic set of global norms, policies and standards on gender equality and women’s empowerment is in place and is applied through action by Governments and other stakeholders at all levels.

Results achieved 

Results achieved by UN Women through the support of the Government of Canada and other international donors in 2015 include: (1) eight gender-responsive constitutional reforms were completed and 32 gender equality laws were adopted; (2) 29 countries adopted a gender-responsive policy framework for women’s economic empowerment; (3) 26 countries strengthened legislation to address all forms of violence against women; (4) 64 UN entities reported on the UN System-wide Action Plan on Gender Equality (SWAP); (5) UN Women served as the Secretariat of the Global Study on the implementation of SC Resolution 1325 that led to the unanimous adoption of SC Resolution 2242 to improve implementation of text on the Women, Peace and Security Agenda; (6) 18 countries adopted National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security; (7) 31 countries increased budget allocations for gender equality commitments; (8) approximately 15,000 civil servants were trained on gender mainstreaming and gender issues; (9) UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, awarded USD $12.8 million and benefited 1 million women, girls, men and boys; and (10) approximately 1000 private sector companies signed on to the Women Empowerment Principles (WEPs).

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Multilateral
Type of aid Core contributions to multilateral institutions
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