Women's Empowerment

Civil war in Congo: The survivors speak out

“Tied to a tree and blindfolded, I listened to my sister sobbing and screaming while armed men raped her,” describes Sandra, a survivor of the armed conflicts that violently ravaged the Congolese population since the 1990s. Thousands of Congolese people have actually experienced more

iKNOW Politics launches Arabic website to support women in politics

Amman, Jordan - iKNOW Politics, an online network dedicated to the advancement of women in politics, launched a new Arabic language version here today, opening it up to potentially millions of new users in a region where women are underrepresented politically. About 150 women leaders, political more

Launch of Africa-UNiTE

“Africa-UNiTE to end Violence against Women and Girls”, the Africa component of the Secretary General’s campaign was launched on January 30th in Addis Ababa.  In a strong message read on his behalf by the under Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic more

Taking stock of Beijing, 15 years on

Twenty-eight African Ministers in charge of Gender Affairs and more than 600 other high level participants from 43 African countries participated in a Regional Review of “Beijing + 15” from November 16th through the 20th in Banjul, the Gambia.The  purpose of the conference was to more

Bangladeshi women migrants face abuse and health hardships abroad

UNDP report outlines policies for sending and host countries to protect migrant womenDhaka – A majority of Bangladeshi women migrants work as domestic workers in the Arab States. Many of them face physical and sexual abuse at the hands of their employers.  Subject to mandatory testing they more

Asian migrant women face vulnerabilities in the Arab States

UNDP report outlines protection policies for countries receiving and sending migrant womenManila - Despite the substantial economic benefits that Asian women migrant workers generate from their work in the Arab region, they often migrate under unsafe conditions, are targets of sexual more

Elected women sworn in for first time in Kuwaiti parliamentary history

VideosPublic Service Announcement: "My Voice, My Choice" | watch larger version"Women's Right to Vote" - Kuwait (Arabic) | watch larger versionKuwait City - When Majlis AlUmmah convenes in Kuwait today for its first session after the last elections, women will occupy 4 out of more

UNDP welcomes creation of a composite UN entity on women

New York -  The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today welcomed the UN General Assembly’s endorsement of resolution A/63/L.103 on UN System–wide Coherence, and in particular the Assembly’s unanimous resolution to create a composite UN entity on women. This more

Sierra Leone: sexual violence remains unpunished

In calling for the media to take a more pivotal role in combating Sexual and Gender based Violence (SGBV), Samuel Harbor, UNDP Deputy Country Director said, “inequalities between men and women (in Sierra Leone) are some of the worst in the world with Sierra Leone at the bottom of the UNDP more

Governments must ensure women do not bear brunt of economic crisis

New York — Governments need to provide social protection and promote green jobs for women through alternative investments that provide decent employment, such as public-private and community-related partnerships, according to representatives from governments, the United Nations, civil society more

Report acknowledges need for development in Iraq

 Almost a quarter of Iraqis live in poverty spending less than  2,500 Iraqi dinars (2.2 US$)  per person / day. Photo: UNDPBAGHDAD - In a report published today, the Government of Iraq and the United Nations presented the progress made in a number of areas towards achieving the eight Millennium more

UNDP signs new partnership agreement with Brazil

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark signed a partnership agreement in Brasilia this week with Brazil’s Foreign Minister, Ambassador Celso Amorim. The agreement reinforces UNDP’s activities in Brazil and its partnership with Brazil in international development co-operation.During her more

Antonio Banderas, United Nations call for action on the MDGs

Madrid-Geneva - On 16 July in Madrid, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas spoke at the first meeting of an advocacy group created by the UN to spur action towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In his statement during the opening session, Banderas said that his appointment more

UNDP results in Afghanistan

Over 50 years of experience working in Afghanistan, through crisis and peace.During these years, UNDP's mission has been one of building, rebuilding and improving both physical and institutional infrastructure.Since the 2001 Bonn Conference, UNDP has provided assistance in support of the more

Tackling the costs of gender inequality to Africa's development

A young businesswoman in suit with her baby strapped to her back walks on the street in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo: UNDP/Stefanie Leigh Plant) The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has teamed up with the African Institute for Economic Development to launch a major programme aimed at more

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