Women's Empowerment

Violence against women: Breaking the silence

Marily lost her legs in a terrorist attack in Medellin, Colombia. Despite this event she takes care of her 3 children.Violence against women during or after armed conflicts has been reported in every war zone. (Foto: UNDP/Hector Hernan Vanegas Ochoa) The International Day for the Elimination more

Burkina Faso to pursue its work to alleviate poverty

The platforms plays an essential role in alleviating poverty by liberating women from their long, arduous daily duties. Photo: UNDP The Government of Burkina Faso has decided to continue the experimental National Multifunctional Platform Program supported by the UNDP which began in 2000. The new more

World in crises needs strong multilateral system, says UNDP chief

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark addresses Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA New York   “Providing citizens with better employment opportunities, quality education, and the chance to benefit more from and contribute more meaningfully to their country’s progress and to decisions which have more

Women entrepreneurs in Burkina Faso

Fatimata Leah Nahini produces a local brand of beer (dolo), which she sells in the market, thus generating a large profit. Since the opening of the Credit Union in Matiakoali, she was able to save money for the first time ever. Photo: Kerstin Gossé/UNDPWithout access to financial resources, more

Women struggle for rights as Haiti recovers

The devastating January 12th earthquake hit hard at the Haitian women’s movement, taking the lives of a number of leading activists.  Prior to the earthquake, activists like Anne-Marie Coriolan, Myriam Merlais and Magalie Marcelin were advocating to reform the judiciary and to create an more

Women, peace and security in Africa

Eleven African governments have pledged to ensure an effective regional mechanism to address sexual violence against women and children in a regional event sponsored by UNDP.The Presidents of Burundi, DRC, the Republic of Congo, Namibia, Tanzania and Zambia, as well as Ministers of Great Lakes more

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Empowering single mothers in Malaysia

Single mothers in Malaysia face many challenges, but those living in poverty face plenty more. In addition to the financial challenges and the responsibilities of being the sole providers for their children, the majority of single mothers – particularly in rural areas – lack education and more

Peru: Health in Andes gets boost from cleaner cooking

Lima - A partnership to help clean up air and reduce waste from cooking fuels in households of the Peruvian Andes has contributed to dramatic improvements in family health, according to an impact survey completed earlier this year.The initiative, called “Sembrando”, led by Peruvian more

India: public-private partnership helps women change rules

Women clamor to sign the Women’s Empowerment Charter in Sant Ravidas Nagar, eastern Uttar Pradesh, India. © Niklas Hallen, UNDP India A public-private initiative setting up self-help groups among rural women in one of India’s poorest and most populous states has created a dramatic more

World leaders vow to fight poverty at UN Summit

(Photo: UNDP/Luis Pereira) World leaders vowed at the United Nations headquarters in New York to reduce global poverty, two-thirds into the 15-year global plan to achieve the more

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Multi-use engines drive empowerment in 1,000 Mali villages

Each night, Koumantou village in southern Mali would to fall into near total darkness. The only light was cast from the restaurant of local businesswoman Kadia Kone.  The scene is repeated throughout rural Sub-Saharan Africa, where 90 percent of the population lacks access to energy. But more

Empowering women through literacy empowers us all

Photo: UNESCO, Bakary Emmanuel Daou Her story is the story of almost 800 million people. It’s a story about textbooks and teachers that never were. The schools were there for Lourença de Brito. She just couldn’t attend them. At an early age in the archipelago nation of Cape Verde, more

Eritrea reducing maternal death, on track to achieve the MDGs

In the market town of Senafe, in southern Eritrea, Fethawi Berhane has just undergone three days of painful labor and complications during child birth that resulted in the death of her baby.  Despite the best efforts of a traditional birth attendant her child could not be saved.  Luckily Fethawi more

New UN website gives access to real-time financial data

Discharged Maoist Army Combatants, part of the United Nations Peace Fund for Nepal, photo by UNICEF Today, UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan launched the Multi-Donor Trust Fund Office Gateway. For the first time in UN history, UNDP is providing real-time financial transaction data to more

Women Count for Peace: UNDP welcomes women activists

In observance of the tenth anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 — the landmark document to ensure women’s peace and security in post-conflict situations —  Open Days on Women, Peace and Security were held in 25 post-conflict countries from June to September 2010. more

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