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.).

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 annual intervals.

The Feminist U.N. Campaign report card series can be found below.


Feminist U.N. Resources

Select Media Coverage

The New York Times

The UN pledged to tackle sexual harassment. The work remains incomplete, experts say (February 2021)


UN boss reiterates need for women in leadership (March 2021)

The Nation (Kenya)
Lyric Thompson (New York Times)

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)