UN Women is the lead driver advocating for gender equality and women’s empowerment globally. UN Women works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on four strategic priorities: women lead, participate in and benefit equally from governance systems; women have income security, decent work and economic autonomy; all women and girls contribute to and have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience, and benefit equally from the prevention of the natural disasters and conflicts and humanitarian action.
In the area of ending violence against women and girls, UN Women is implementing the country component under the regional EU-UN Women programme "Ending Violence against Women in the Western Balkans and Turkey: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”. The goal of the programme is to combat violence and discrimination against women and girls, in line with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Istanbul Convention.
In the programmatic area of governance and national planning, UN Women is implementing the project “Promoting Gender-Responsive Policies and Budgets: Towards Transparent, Inclusive and Accountable Governance in the Republic of North-Macedonia”, funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency - Sida. The project is supporting the advancement of the implementation of national and international commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment in line with national SDG priority targets and the EU accession process. The overall objective of the project is to improve women’s lives, including the most vulnerable groups through systematic and sustainable integration of gender perspective at all stages of policy and budgetary processes.
UN Women is supporting the implementation of national commitments for the advancement of women in the security sector reform. UN Women provides expertise to develop training courses on gender mainstreaming for the Ministry of Defense and the Army and supports awareness-raising.
UN Women North Macedonia is also part of the joint UN project “Working bottom up – building a local model for deinstitutionalization”, under the UNPRPD.