UK Announces UN Women Contribution

U.N. Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet shakes hands with U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell. Photo by: Department for International Development / CC BY

The United Kingdom will contribute 10 million pounds ($16 million) annually over the next two years to the United Nations agency focused on advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide.

The contribution makes the country the second largest donor to U.N. Women, the U.K. Department for International Development noted in a July 6 press release.

“The UK will review its support for the agency over its initial two year period,” DfID added.

U.N. Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet welcomed the British government’s announcement and called the United Kingdom “a true champion of gender equality.”

“[The contribution] is a vote of confidence in our new organisation, UN Women, and will enable us to work steadily towards the implementation of the organisation’s just-approved strategic plan,” she added. 

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