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Our 12 Flagship Programming Initiatives sit within 5 strategic impact areas to help achieve gender equality. 
UN Women Programmes empower women and girls and give them a voice, to break down the barriers they face.

Women's political empowerment is focused on achieving equal opportunities, greater freedoms and capacity for women to control their own lives.

Women’s leadership in politics
Women are still underrepresented in politics. This needs to change. Countries with female lawmakers spend greater resources on education and paid leave, contributing to an equal labour force.

Women’s access to justice.
Social norms, like patrilineal rules of inheritance, mean that globally women are left in positions of reduced power.

Women's economic empowerment.
We work to drive jobs and income creation for women from vulnerable and unprotected territories.

Women’s access to land.
Women make up 43% of the agricultural labour force in developing countries, and do most of the unpaid care work, yet have less access to land than men.

Equal opportunities for women entrepreneurs.
We focus on increasing equal opportunities for women entrepreneurs through procurement, investment and supply chain policies. 

Income security through decent work and social protection.
We know the importance of women having easy access to income. Women play an essential role in the global labour market, and systems are still biased in favour of men.

Elimination of violence against women.
Violence against women is a major obstacle to equality. It is neither acceptable, nor inevitable.

Prevention and essential services
We ensure the right support is available.

Safe cities and safe public spaces.
We create safe spaces for women, and for entire societies.

Peace, security and humanitarian action, shaped by women in leadership positions.

Women’s leadership in crisis response.
Placing the rights and needs of women and girls affected by humanitarian crises at the heart of humanitarian action.

Gender equality of risk
Women are at most risk of being negatively impacted by climate hazards.

Women’s engagement in peace, security and recovery.
We need women to be involved in humanitarian efforts.

Planning and budgeting.
Gender equality in national budgeting and governance is essential to ensure gender equality globally.

Gender statistics for our development goals.
Increased and improved data on gender equality enables effective planning for the future.

Transformative financing for gender equality.
Strengthening policy, planning and budgeting processes at national and local levels for improved government accountability, transparency and service delivery. The full and equal participation of women and civil society is central to achieve these objectives.