The Feminist U.N. Campaign brings together leading, feminist thinkers in civil society, philanthropy, academia and former U.N. staff around a shared agenda for women’s rights and gender equality at the United Nations. Secretary-General (SG) António Guterres took office in January 2017 amid unprecedented public and member-state demand for feminist leadership of the United Nations (U.N.).
Throughout the course of his first two years, this call has persisted – driven largely by women’s civil society groups and feminist activists. In 2017, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), on behalf of the Feminist U.N. Campaign, released a report, Toward a More Feminist United Nations, articulating a broad vision for feminist leadership across the U.N. system.
Following the selection of the Secretary-General, the Campaign subsequently released a set of recommendations for a 100-day agenda he could implement to deliver real and meaningful change within that vision. At the end of that 100-day period, the Campaign issued its first progress report assessing Secretary-General Guterres’s progress against proposals for advancing women’s rights and gender equality at the U.N., indicating that progress would continue to be measured at subsequent one- and two-year intervals.
In early 2018, the Feminist U.N. Campaign completed its first-year progress report on the Secretary-General’s performance. The first-year report card can be found here. And on January 23rd, 2019, the Campaign released its second-year report card, which can be found here.
The UN secretary general isn’t yet what feminists were looking for (January 2018)L. Thompson, S. Gammage & S. Ahmed (openDemocracy)
UN chief Guterres gets a C+ on first feminist report card (January 11, 2018)Amy Lieberman (Devex)
Scoring the U.N. Secretary-General’s Feminist Agenda (January 9, 2018)Lauren Young (Ms. Magazine)
A feminist vision for the United Nations: How far has the Secretary-General come? (December 12, 2017)Spogmay Ahmed (UNA-UK)
Why the United Nations needs to take the lead now (October 24, 2017)Sarah Gammage and Lyric Thompson (ingenere)
Show me the money: the fight for funding and accountability for women’s rights (August 28, 2017)Spogmay Ahmed (openDemocracy)
A progress report on the UN feminist agenda (April 11, 2017)Lyric Thompson (Devex)
The new UN secretary general is poised to show the world what a feminist looks like (March 24, 2017)Lyric Thompson (openDemocracy)
Towards a feminist United Nations: a six-point agenda for the new SG (January 18, 2017)Lyric Thompson (openDemocracy)
Is a feminist United Nations possible in our lifetime? (August 22, 2016)Lyric Thompson (openDemocracy)