Fast Facts: Gender Equality and UNDP

revised 27 Feb 2014


Gender equality and women’s empowerment are human rights that are key components of development and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Yet, despite progress in recent years, women and girls account for six out of 10 of the worlds poorest and two-thirds of the world's illiterate people. Furthermore, only 18 percent of the world's parliamentarians are women and one-third of all women are subjected to violence.


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) addresses these crucial issues by integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment into its four focus areas: poverty reduction; environment and sustainable development; democratic governance; and crisis prevention and recovery.