Women's Empowerment

Timor-Leste: Ensuring women’s participation in local decision-making

 Dulce Junior talks to members of a community council at a training session on village development in the district of Covalima.(Photo: UNDP)In Timor-Leste, women are key players in reshaping the future of the second youngest country in the world. Dulce Junior, 36, is one such woman. more

In Bangladesh, poverty eradication efforts ripple through communities

By UPPR Staff20 July 2010, Mymensingh, Bangladesh — In Mymensingh, a district in northern Bangladesh, it was not so long ago that Asea Begum, 35, and her family had only one meal a day, consisting of plain rice and a few pieces of chilli.  Her growing children were always hungry.  Her more

UNDP in Bangladesh

For over a decade, UNDP has assisted the Bangladesh Election Commission. This long-term investment resulted in the most transparent and inclusive election in the country's history.Over the past 10 years, Bangladesh has made significant progress in human development and poverty alleviation. But with more

Ending violence against women helps achieve development goals

Violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions – in all continents. At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused by an intimate partner in the course of her lifetime. The International Day for the more

Citizens' voices against poverty will crescendo in noises heard around the world

Citizens will make their expectations that governments achieve the millennium development goals too loud to ignore at events across the globe on September 17-19.On September 17-19, people across the globe will turn up the volume on their call for heads of state gathering at the United Nations on more

UNDP salutes anti-poverty heroes in annual photo contest

Photographers from India, Pakistan and Viet Nam win top prizes Amateur Category: Winner Goal 1, Overall First Prize Tran Vinh Nghia, Viet Nam Fishermen bring in the daily catch in south-eastern Viet Nam. New York—A photograph of female and more

Sierra Leone forum condemns violence against young girls

Following an alarming spate of rapes in Sierra Leone in the first 3 months of 2010, a Civil Society Organizations (CSO)-UNDP forum has called for a vigorous response to stop human rights violations and criminal acts against young girls. “We condemn in the strongest terms such despicable more

UNDP Chief Helen Clark meets Indian Prime Minister

UNDP-India to explore ways to expand and deepen partnership in India and globallyNew Delhi -- On 11 March 2010, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark met with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the last day of her five-day official visit to India. They more

Women’s needs not being met in post-conflict recovery and reconstruction

New report examines conflicts in four countries and shows financing for gender equality fell far short of addressing critical gender gaps Women at a camp for displaced persons in Zam Zam, North Darfur, Sudan. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.New York -- Commemorating 10 years since the United Nations more

UNDP appoints Brazilian football star as Goodwill Ambassador

UNDP appoints world's top-ranked women's football player and Brazilian national, Marta Vieira da Silva as Goodwill Ambassador. (Photo: UNDP) Stockholm/New York/Geneva ―The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today appointed the world’s top-ranked women’s football player and more

Uganda: UNDP launches Economics and Gender curriculum

Uganda’s Makerere University in conjunction with UNDP today launched a new Master of Arts focusing on economics and gender, the first of its kind in an African University.  The new Degree programme, Master of Arts in Gender-Aware Economics, is aimed more

Stars call on citizens to get on the pitch and kick out poverty

Drogba and Zidane launch “There are no spectators, we are all Players” TV SpotNew York/Cape Town, South Africa —To kick-off the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassadors, Didier Drogba and Zinedine Zidane, launched an more

HIV-positive women weavers team-up with fashion designer

New Delhi -  Internationally renowned fashion designer and former supermodel Bibi Russell has joined hands with the ethnic Bodo women of the northeastern Indian state of Assam in creating a new line of lifestyle products that will blend traditional Bodo culture and high fashion.Bibi Russell, who more

2010 Human Development Report analyses long-term development trends

United Nations — Most developing countries made dramatic yet often underestimated progress in health, education and basic living standards in recent decades, with many of the poorest countries posting the greatest gains, reveals a detailed new analysis of long-term Human Development Index (HDI) more

Millennium Development Goals must be met, UN Secretary-General says

Report provides basis for Government negotiations on action plan to 2015 deadline UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK – With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for the adoption of a global more

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