Institutional evaluation of UN Women’s policy advocacy work – Global

UN Women’s policy advocacy work is anchored in the entity’s founding resolution and key normative frameworks, in particular the Beijing Platform for Action, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination women, UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, and the Sustainable Development Goals. Achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment is deeply linked to politics and requires transforming unequal gender relations. It involves changes within the structures that underpin gender inequality and discrimination, including changes to discriminatory social and legal norms.

In 2021, the Independent Evaluation Service conducted the institutional evaluation of UN Women’s policy advocacy work as part of its implementation of the UN Women Institutional Evaluation Plan. The assessment focused on UN Women’s roles, initiatives and interventions in policy advocacy, as well as the organizational, operational and strategic structures and approaches in place to support policy advocacy. The links between policy advocacy work at the global, regional and national levels were also examined to understand how policy success translates into action at the local level.

The evaluation team assessed the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and coherence of UN Women’s policy advocacy work to achieve high-impact and transformative results in line with the UN Women Strategic Plan 2018-2021 . Findings from this evaluation are expected to contribute to strategic decision-making, organizational learning and accountability, and the implementation of the UN Women Strategic Plan 2022-2025.

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