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Women's economic empowerment

Women’s economic empowerment is critical to achieving gender equality and sustainable development. UNDP provides policy advice, tools and support for building capacity of government, private sector and civil society to design and implement measures to reduce gender gaps and promote equality in the economic sphere. 

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United Nations member states adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which call for recognizing, reducing, and redistributing unpaid care and domestic work.
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With the support of UNDP programmes, advocacy and training, women are shifting the borders of their traditional roles and challenging gender stereotypes.
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To help combat gender discrimination in the technology sector and open new economic opportunities for women, UNDP and partners launched a Technovation Challenge for young women in Uzbekistan where 100 young programmers got support in mentoring, networking and creating mobile applications.

Women are key contributors to economies as producers of food, managers of natural resources, caretakers of children and the elderly, entrepreneurs and employees in businesses, and as significant contributors to building resilience of communities to climate change and disaster.

Despite the contributions to family and society, women still do not have equal access to rights, services and opportunities i.e. equal pay and decent work, property and inheritance rights, access and control of land including financial services and credit. All this requires raising awareness among policy makers about the relevant gender aspects of different policy areas, such as— taxation, public budgets and employment.

To respond to these deep-rooted problems, UNDP in partnership with other UN agencies and development partners works to support national governments to develop gender-responsive economic plans, policies and social protection systems. This includes supporting measures to reduce women’s unpaid work, initiatives to ensure women’s equal access to decent employment opportunities, resources and finance, and helping to develop and implement gender-sensitive budget processes. 

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