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Danish contribution to UN Women of DKK 63 million

16.03.2018  21:40

Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are longstanding priorities for Denmark. The rights of women and girls are basic human rights, and yet today women and girls still face obstacles and remain disproportionally affected by poverty, discrimination and marginalization.

Gender equality is not only an end in itself but also a means to an end. Advancing the empowerment of women and girls not only contributes to reaching Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality but to the realization of all of the goals set forth in the 2030 Agenda.

In line with its strategy for development cooperation and humanitarian action, ‘The World in 2030’, Denmark is at the forefront of fighting for gender equality and women and girls’ rights. UN Women is a very important partner for Denmark in this work, as the organization continues to influence the development of international norms and standards on gender equality.

Denmark has been a strong political and financial supporter of UN Women since the organization’s creation in 2010. In 2017, Denmark ranked in top five of core contributors to UN Women (based on preliminary figures) and in 2018, Denmark will contribute DKK 63 million to UN Women.

Read more about the mandate and work of UN Women here.

Denmark provides core funding to UN Women to allow flexibility for the organization to prioritize the allocation of funds where it is deemed most needed. In addition to the core funding, Denmark also supports UN Women’s Innovation Facility because innovation has the potential of finding solutions to reach people in a more effective manner, at less cost and with better end-results.

For more information on the cooperation between Denmark and UN Women, read the interview with the Minister of Development Ulla Tørnæs here: