UN Women


UN Women is the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.

UN Women is the United Nations organization that globally supports efforts to end violence against women and girls, ensures  their central involvement in peace building, advances  women’s political participation and leadership, and increases their economic empowerment. UN Women is a dynamic and strong champion for women and girls that also assists in formulating policies and global standards and helping UN member states to implement these standards.
Microsoft and UN Women have come together in partnership to develop uses of IT to help protect and empower women and girls around the world. Key areas of collaboration under discussion include: ensuring women have affordable, convenient and safe access to ICTs, as well as the ability to effectively use these technologies; seeking ways to leverage  ICTs as an enabling tool to advance women’s empowerment and development of content and applications of ICTs are relevant to women and meet their needs; using ICTs to better surface, generate and share evidence of what works and what doesn’t for gender equality and women’s empowerment and raising public awareness for the empowerment of women.

Featured Projects:

  • UN Women Song

    Leveraging its communications capacity and reach, Microsoft is supporting UN Women in the production and promotion of its theme song “One Woman” as part of the organization's awareness raising and advocacy efforts.

  • Women’s Empowerment Award

    Microsoft in joint collaboration with UN Women established the Women’s Empowerment Award, which is awarded to two Imagine Cup students teams of any gender whose projects best provide solutions to challenges that women face globally.

  • Global Safe Cities

    Within the framework of UN Women's Global Safe Cities Program, Microsoft and UN Women will conduct studies in key cities to assess access to use of ICTs among women and youth. This will support safer city environments for women and all residents.

  • STEM Whitepaper

    In collaboration with UN Women, Microsoft’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) whitepaper explores the underrepresentation of women and girls in the Science and Technology fields.