Gender inequality is a governance failure. National plans, policies, institutions and budgets reflect how governments translate commitments to gender equality into results for women. Too often, however, there is a gap between policy and practice. To promote gender equitable policy, it is necessary to comprehensively assess gender gaps and identify actions to close them. Changes to promote gender equality need to be backed by adequate funds, and systematically monitored for progress in reducing gender discrimination.





UN Women works across aspects of governance that can most readily accelerate progress towards gender equality. It helps bridge disconnects between national development strategies and gender equality plan and supports steps such as cultivating the capacities of public officials to integrate gender equality measures in plans and budgets, and select performance indicators for oversight.

Learn more about what UN Women is doing to make progress towards gender equality in governance and national planning  here.