The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. UN Women supports Member States in setting standards for achieving gender equality, works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services to guarantee effective implementation of those standards; and coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work to advance gender equality. UN Women works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality for women and girls by focusing its efforts to ensure women lead, participate in and benefit equally from governance systems; women have income security, decent work and economic autonomy; all women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence; and women and girls contribute and have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience, and benefit equally from the prevention of natural disasters and conflicts from humanitarian action.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is on the ground in 166 countries, working with people on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. The promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women is central to the mandate of UNDP and intrinsic to its development approach. This effort includes advocating for women’s and girls’ equal rights, combating discriminatory practices and challenging the roles and stereotypes that affect inequalities and exclusion.
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. Its objective is to strengthen democratic institutions and processes at all levels and it acts as a catalyst for democracy-building by providing knowledge resources/tools and policy proposals, or by supporting democratic reforms in response to specific national initiatives and convening spaces of dialogue to strengthen processes, reforms, institutions and actors that build and safeguard democracy. International IDEA develops comparative analyses, resources and tools to advance the participation and representation of women in democracy building processes and institutions for public decision making. Alongside International IDEA’s cutting-edge research on women in politics, its network of practitioners in the electoral processes, political parties, constitution building fields will provide the users of iKNOW Politics with access to a substantial body of knowledge based information on women’s participation in politics worldwide.
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is the global organization of national parliaments. Established in 1889, it promotes democratic governance, institutions and values, working with parliaments and parliamentarians to articulate and respond to the needs and aspirations of the people. The IPU works for peace, democracy, human rights, gender equality, youth empowerment and sustainable development through political dialogue, cooperation and parliamentary action. It works to enhance women’s access to parliament and strengthen their input to policymaking. It supports women members of parliament in their work, including by providing them with technical assistance and training. The Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates also supports the International Knowledge of Women in Politics activities in Arabic through its contribution to the Inter-parliamentary Union.