On 2 July 2010, the General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution to merge four parts of the United Nations system into the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women – known as UN Women.
In the ten years since our establishment, we have worked with governments, civil society, the private sector and our sister agencies in the UN system to place women’s rights, priorities and voices on critical global agendas. Since 2010, UN Women’s staff, present in some 90 countries, have delivered programmes that have almost quadrupled in size, and that bring change to billions of those most in need. As we celebrate our tenth anniversary in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the human rights of women and girls have more prominence, universality and more urgency than ever before.
We thank all those who have made this journey with us – the women’s movements on whose shoulders we stand, and who were relentless in calling for gender equality to be given its rightful place and for UN Women to be created. We thank all those who support us with resources of all kinds, who work with us, walk with us, talk and tweet with us.
We are proud to be the global champion and an ally for women and girls. We are ten years strong and ready for the next ten.