Women Empowerment

Improving the status of women in the United Nations system: Report of the Secretary-General (2021) | Digital Library: Publications


This report (A/76/115) is submitted pursuant to United Nations General Assembly resolution 74/128 and assesses the situation of women in the United Nations system for the period from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2019 Since the previous reporting period (1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017), the representation of women in the professional and higher categories of the United Nations system has increased from 44.2% to 45.3%. For the first time ever, women’s representation in seats nearly reached parity at 49.5% overall. In addition, the representation of women among heads and deputy heads of peace operations has reached 48%, and parity among resident coordinators has been maintained since 2018.

At the same time, further progress is needed to advance women’s representation at all levels of the system. The representation of women during the reporting period continued to be highest at the entry levels, namely P-1 and P-2, before gradually decreasing at the middle to senior levels. Additionally, female representation continues to be lower with a slower rate of change in non-headquarters locations. Additionally, the current COVID-19 crisis has created and exacerbated challenges for gender parity efforts.

This report contains recommendations to help United Nations entities achieve gender parity, including through rigorous policy implementation and a series of coordinated actions. Creating conducive work environments remains key to supporting the goal of gender parity by fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace that attracts, recruits and promotes women.

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