Gender & Women's Empowerment

Although Uganda has made considerable strides in gender equality, especially manifest in the proportion of women national legislators at 34.9 percent - higher than the world average of 19.47 percent - there is still a challenge to empower women at domestic levels. Maternal mortality rates are still high, with 16 women who die while giving birth every day. UNDP supports the government to create gender-sensitive policies, budgeting and economic plans. It also works towards social and economic empowerment of women at grassroots.

Our Goals

We work to promote gender sensitive budgeting and to mainstream gender issues into national plans and policies. We promote the women engagement in democratic governance and to reduce the incidence of HIV among vulnerable women.more

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Budgeting equally for the needs of men and women

UNDP is collaborating with the Parliament of Uganda to undertake gender responsive budgeting for natural resources to reduce the socioeconomic inequalities between men and women (Photo: UNDP Uganda)

Our Stories

  • With support from UNDP's Sustainable Land Management Project, women in six cattle corridor districts in Uganda are setting up tree nurseries for as pine eucalyptus, grevieliia, Musizi. Some of the seedlings are planted and others sold off to earn them an income. (Photo: UNDP Uganda)

    Increasing incomes for rural women through better land management

    When Miriam Karooma’s husband passed away in the early months of 2003, she was worried she wouldn’t be able to take care for their seven children.more

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  • Following a Shs 27million ($10,000) grant from UNDP, Aporu Womens’ Group in Panyangara Kotido district bought a grinding mill, brick laying machines, 47 heifers and ox ploughs, which have enabled them generate income that is directed to a revolving fund to provide start-up capital to members who wish to start businesses (Photo: UNDP Uganda)

    Empowering women to improve livelihoods

    Six years ago, Rosemary Arenger, 28 was in bad shape.“I was a drunkard and too poor to help myself and my family. My husband was amore

Projects and Initiatives

Promoting Civic and Political Participation of Women and Youth in the Informal Sector

This project is focusing on promoting awareness about civic and political rights under the multiparty dispensations, especially among the youth and women. more

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