Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment

Gender equality is important from a human rights perspective, and because it is tied to human development and poverty reduction.

Despite constructive steps towards gender equality, women in the region still deal with economic insecurity, under-representation in decision-making, and even violence.

UNDP works with partners in the region to address these problems by ensuring women have a voice in government, passing gender-sensitive legislation and implementing programmes to promote economic participation and prevent violence against women.

Efforts have already resulted in legal reforms to address gender-based violence, quotas for women in government, and business mentoring programmes for women in countries throughout the region.
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Our Stories

  • Komila Rakhimova

    Infographics: Gender-based violence in Uzbekistan

    Putting gender-based violence on the national agenda is of paramount concern for Uzbekistan, as there are few statistics on this issue and services for victims are scarce. The subject of violence against women is taboo not only in society, but also among the nation’s leaders.more

  • Kaca Djurickovic

    Montenegro: Speak louder to end violence against women!
    Infographic representing a woman saying stop

    Femicide, forced marriage, women in armed conflict, rape, trafficking, female genital mutilation, partner violence, slapping, pushing, hitting, locking, disparaging, threatening, fearing, humiliation, economic violence, sexual abuse, marital rape….more

Video stories

A green and a yellow stack of money, the green representing men is taller than the yellow representing women.

Europe and Central Asia: How does inequality between men and women affect development?

This video illustrates the possible impact of gender inequality on development in Europe and Central Asia. more

Blond lady speaking

Michelle Bachelet at Kapuscinski Development Lecture in Dublin on Women in Development

Interview with Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women for the Kapuscinski Development Lectures on role of women in implementation of Millennium Development Goals. more

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