Women's Empowerment


Empowering women and making gender equality a reality is a core commitment of UNDP. In every country across Asia and the Pacific, pervasive gender inequality remains a barrier to progress, justice and social stability. It also hinders the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). UNDP recognizes that women’s empowerment and gender equality are cross-cutting issues that lie at the heart of human development.More

Our Goals

UNDP in Asia and the Pacific supports regional and national efforts to integrate gender equality and women’s empowerment. We are committed to strengthening the capacity of our national partners in Asia and the Pacific to adopt approaches that advance women’s rights and take full account of the many ways women contribute to development. We strive to ensure that women have increased economic control, strengthened political voice and enhanced legal rights.More

Empowering Women Economically

Red Dao women from a village in Viet Nam attend training sessions in tourism, English, sanitation and food safety. One year later, Ly Man May (second from the left) would invite tourists to her homestay. Photo credit: Chris Carnovale/UNDP Picture This

Our Stories

  • Voting site set up at the Jalan Sungai flats in Penang, Malaysia. Photo: Penang Women’s Development Corporation

    Budgeting to bring better lives for all

    Government planning, programming and budgeting that recognize and respond to the different needs of women and men, girls and boys, bring better lives for all throughmore

Our Perspective

  • UNDP's work will primarily target 500 young people between 13-19 years of age, as research shows that adolescents are still forming their attitudes at this age. UNDP Photo.

    In Nepal, social media games battle gender stereotypes

    Across South Asia, and in Nepal in particular, despite major strides in women’s economic empowerment in the past decade, gender stereotypes, domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence still continue to cripple society.more

  • Collecting firewood from the forests for cooking and heating is part of most Bhutanese women's daily life. Photo: UNDP Bhutan

    Working women’s empowerment into conservation initiatives

    Despite the fact that women also play a critical role in the conservation, management and use of biodiversity, their contribution is often overlooked; they are ‘invisible’ stakeholders.more