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In the second iteration of the UNOV/UNODC Strategy for Gender Equality and Women´s Empowerment (2022-2026), the Offices re-commit to contributing to global efforts to promote just, inclusive and resilient societies. The Strategy outlines how UNOV/UNODC will accomplish this over the coming five years. The implementation of the Strategy will continue to strengthen the work of UNODC throughout its five thematic areas in ensuring stronger analysis of stakeholders and understanding the different impacts of criminal justice, organized crime, terrorism and corruption on the whole of society. The Strategy also recognizes that women are disproportionately underrepresented at the policy, decision-making and at the managerial level, being particularly acute in the criminal justice and law enforcement sector as well as legislative and parliamentary bodies. UNODC will therefore continue to engage with Member States to remedy instances of gender inequality and exclusion. 

This Strategy provides an up-to-date institutional framework and priority areas for guiding UNOV and UNODC to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by building on the progress made through the previous Strategy and addressing the remaining gaps.


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UNOV/UNODC will be aiming to:

Improved Assistance to Member States 

Improve delivery of equal access to justice, gender-responsive policing and activities related to prevention of organized crime and illicit trafficking, countering corruption, prevention of terrorism and radicalisation, and drug rehabilitation. 

Provide a comprehensive set of norms, policies and standards 

A comprehensive set of norms, policies and standards will be developed and promoted to ensure equitable access to justice and to the prevention of organized crime and illicit trafficking, countering corruption, terrorism prevention, livelihoods and drugs rehabilitation. 

Enhance gender-sensitive research 

Research activities will strive to maximize the collection, processing, analysis and visualization of sex-disaggregated data in domains where this is relevant and where enough disaggregated information is available; in doing so illuminating where gaps and inequality are most acute. 

Strengthen gender-sensitive data and knowledge  

Data and knowledge will be generated, managed and transferred to enhance integration of gender equality and the empowerment of women across drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism activities.  

Enhance women´s participation 

There will be a stronger focus on women’s integration in decision-making and managerial structures and their opportunity to influence policy.  

Enhance access to justice 

Women and girls are supported to live a life free from gender-based violence, stigma and stereotypes, through more effective, fair and accountable criminal justice systems.  

Strengthen male engagement 

Men and boys act will act as champions and agents of change who actively contribute to advancing gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment. 

Statement from the Director-General/Executive Director of UNOV/UNODC

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