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Feminist U.N. Campaign

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 year, this call has persisted – driven largely by women’s civil society groups and feminist activists. Last fall, 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 report card 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. On January 8th, 2018, the Feminist U.N. Campaign completed its second progress report on the Secretary-General’s performance. See the first-year report card here.

Feminist U.N. Resources

Media Publications

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)