Coordination for gender equality and the empowerment of women existed prior to the establishment of UN Women: Inter-agency work on the advancement of women and gender equality dates back to the first World Conference on Women in Mexico in 1975.

In 2010, the General Assembly conferred upon UN Women a mandate to lead, coordinate and promote accountability in the UN System as well as to support gender mainstreaming across the system as an integral part of its work.

  • 2020

    The QCPR (A/RES/75/233) calls upon all entities of the United Nations development system to continue enhancing and accelerating gender mainstreaming through the full implementation of the UN-SWAP and the UNCT-SWAP scorecard.

  • 2020

    For Beijing+25, IANWGE for the first time conducted a review of the UN system's support for implementing the Beijing Platform for Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  • 2019

    The Security Council adopts Resolution 2475 on persons with disabilities in armed conflict.

  • 2019

    The Joint Inspection Unit, JIU review of UN-SWAP concluded that it has been a catalyst for progress towards gender mainstreaming and an effective framework for tracking system-wide advancement and achievement.

  • 2019

    The United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy (UNDIS) provides the foundation for sustainable and transformative progress on disability inclusion through all three pillars of the work of the United Nations: peace and security, human rights and development.

  • 2018

    UN Women joins the first Global Disability Summit and announces its commitments to a corporate strategy and to pursuing a dedicated window on women and girls with disabilities for the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women.

  • 2018

    An updated UN-SWAP 2.0 and the UNCT-SWAP Scorecard were rolled out, contextualizing the frameworks with the 2030 Agenda and extending their focus from processes and institutional arrangements to cover results.

  • 2017

    The General Assembly adopts its first ever resolution on women and girls with disabilities.

  • 2016

    The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopts General Comment No 3 on Article 6, Women with disabilities. The general comment provides guidance for implementing the article.

  • 2015

    UN Women joins the United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD), created to overcome barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from enjoying all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

  • 2015

    UN Women joins the Inter-Agency Support Group, established in 2006 by the United Nations Chief Executives Board (CEB) as a United Nations system-wide platform to address mainstreaming disability into the global agenda.

  • 2012

    The Quadrennial comprehensive policy review (QCPR) of operational activities for development of the United Nations system (A/RES/67/226) requests the United Nations development system to expand and strengthen the use of the UNCT gender equality scorecard and welcomes the development of the United Nations System-wide Action Plan on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-SWAP), under the leadership of UN-Women, as an accountability framework to be fully implemented by the United Nations development system.

  • 2012

    The United Nations Chief Executives Board for Coordination CEB endorsed the System-Wide Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment (UN-SWAP) for adoption across the UN system, a key IANWGE initiative.

  • 2010

    Resolution A/RES/64/289 established UN Women in response to acknowledged weaknesses in the UN system's ability to effectively and coherently address issues of GEWE.

  • 2008

    The United Nations Country Team Performance Indicators for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment were endorsed by the UNDG principals.

  • 2001

    The Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE), the largest network of gender focal points in the UN system, was established It includes 60 representatives from UN offices and departments, specialized agencies, funds and programmes.

  • 1996

    The first Inter-Agency Committee on Women and Gender Equality held its inaugural session in New York on 22 and 23 October 1996.

  • 1995

    The Fourth World Conference on Women endorsed gender mainstreaming as a critical and strategic approach for achieving gender equality commitments Governments from around the world agreed on a comprehensive plan to achieve global legal equality, known as the Beijing Platform for Action.