Project profile — United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women - Institutional Support 2012


UN Women (41146)
2012-03-30 - 2013-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Africa, regional (50.00%)
• America, regional (15.00%)
• Asia, regional (30.00%)
• Europe, regional (5.00%)


• 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)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (principal objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (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 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 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 intermediate outcomes for this project include the adoption and implementation of legislation, policies and strategies to strengthen women's economic empowerment and access to resources, especially in the informal sector.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of 2012 include: improved capacities of women candidates and political leaders at the national and local level in 24 countries; women won seats in seven countries, including Mexico, where women’s seats in the House of Deputies increased from 27 to 37 per cent. UN Women’s promotion of more gender-equitable electoral processes resulted in the doubling of the number of registered women voters to 86 per cent of the female population in Pakistan. Support to women’s economic empowerment contributed to enhanced labour, land, property and inheritance policies in 26 countries. In the Plurinational State of Bolivia, more than 5,000 indigenous women entrepreneurs obtained over $4 million in seed capital, resulting in a 50 per cent increase in their revenues. UN Women provided support to 85 countries in their efforts to end violence against women; as a result, new or amended legislation was passed in 15 countries on domestic violence, femicide, acid violence and sexual offences, and sexual harassment in the workplace. UN Women also trained 22 justice experts in investigating gender-based crimes under international law, and documented conflict-related crimes against women in Libya and the Syrian Arab Republic.

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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