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In celebration of this month’s International Day of Families, learn about the work we are doing to protect the health of women, children and teenagers.

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We are UN Women, the only global agency dedicated to gender equality

Our aim is to remove the social and cultural barriers that prevent women and girls from achieving their potential. 

In the UK, UN Women is represented through the National Committee and we focus on awareness, advocacy and activation.

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UN Women NC UK Manifesto ask for General Election

During this General Election campaign, we are calling on all political parties to commit to making gender equality a key priority of the next UK government by setting challenging new targets to address inequality both at home and abroad.

What can you do to support? Raise gender equality with your local candidates. Ask them to make it a priority. 

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HeForShe Whitehall: “Quietly, we can all change the world by taking small steps.” – Laura Haynes, UN Women NC UK Chair

'Make no mistake, we are at the beginning of this process. The door is open and we are learning every day how to make and how to accelerate these changes.' 

'You need to make your own language; you need to set your own targets, both personally and as part of an organisation.'

'We are not talking about 50% of the population, we are talking about 100% of the population, and we are looking for them to make a commitment - #HeForShe.'

These are some of the key thoughts from the May 2nd Whitehall event on the discussion of the role of men in gender equality, where UN Women NC UK Chair Laura Haynes joined Joy Hutcheon (Director General, Department for International Development), Janice Charette (Canadian High Commissioner to the UK), Sir Martin Donnelly (former Permanent Secretary, Department for International Trade), John Manzoni (Chief Executive, Civil Service) and Karen Pierce (Political Director, Foreign and Commonwealth Office) for a special #HeForShe panel discussion sponsored by PA Consulting and hosted at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

For more insights about the event, follow the hashtag #HeForSheWhitehall.

Make the HeForShe Commitment today

Dines In debuts!

Want to host your own food-y event in support of gender equality? Follow our very own Volunteer Champion – England and Chelsea footballer, Eniola Aluko, footsteps (or kicks), and get together with family and friends for a great cause.  

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May 31

#Unmasked Tour: Free Screening of "The Mask You Live In"

What boy hasn't been told to "Man Up"? Join Josh Franceschi, lead singer of "You Me At Six," Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Founder and CEO of The Representation Project, and other special guests, including UN Women NC UK Chair, Laura Haynes, for a conversation about what it means to "Be a Man" today and a free screening of "The Mask You Live In".

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