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Gender equality

Women's participation in decision-making

UNDP supports partners to develop and implement advocacy, policy and legal reforms to accelerate equal participation of women in decision-making – from household to community, to national parliament halls, peace-making processes and global foras. This includes promoting women’s participation as voters and candidates in electoral processes and supporting women’s representation in governance institutions, including constitutional committees, parliaments, public administrations and the judiciary.

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In Tunisia, UNDP supported an inclusive constitutional process, contributing to the adoption of a new constitution that included provisions for gender equality and a commitment to eliminate violence against women.
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Uruguay: UNDP, together with UN Women and UNFPA, conducted a tutorials programme aimed at young women politicians between the ages of 18 and 30 to boost their role in politics.
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In Republic of Moldova, UNDP and UN Women supported the Parliament Women's Caucus, whose efforts resulted in the adoption of a 40 per cent gender quota in the Cabinet and in political party lists.
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The Women in Local Democracy programme, implemented by UNDP in partnership with the EU and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, promotes gender equality and equal representation of women in decision-making processes.

UNDP also supports women’s leadership and participation in local and global decision-making related to climate change mitigation and adaptation, disaster risk reduction, conflict mitigation, mediation and peace building. This includes supporting women’s negotiating capacities; strengthening women’s networks; and supporting partners to implement United Nations Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security.

In the Arab States region, for example, UNDP worked with the League of Arab States to support a network of over 300 women leaders and 103 non-governmental organizations in 13 countries in articulating their demands, learning from one another and engaging in peace and development policymaking processes. Through this support, the women launched a 10-point agenda for action for their work in the region.

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