Women's Empowerment

Kenya: Rooting women into enterprise

24 women graduated with certificates following a 10 day intensive workshop organised to promote women in business and investment in Kenya through capacity development support.(Photo:UNDP)A Swahili word that means "to prosper", "Fanikisha" sums up the success of a joint project more

Thailand: Breaking the silence on domestic violence

Television personality, constitutional law expert and former Miss Thailand, Khun Areewan has always been a symbol of glamour and inspiration. And, as more people are finding out that she is also a victim of domestic violence, she has become a symbol of defiance and strength.“From a young more

In Turkey, women's empowerment is in fashion

  A cooperative owner and worker prepares garments for Istanbul Fashion Week (Photo: UNDP) In Turkey’s southeast Anatolia region, where only 3 per cent of women are engaged in paid labour, UNDP and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) more

International Women's Day Special: Faces of strength and courage

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Living positively in Ecuador

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'Maama' Kits promote safe deliveries in Uganda

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Jacinta's story: A female judge in Timor-Leste

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The Everest Women of Nepal

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Launch of "Getting Ahead: Testimonials of Women in Politics"

For more information, please visit www.iknowpolitics.orgAs part of the 53rd Session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and to celebrate the International Women’s Day, The International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics (iKNOW Politics) and its partners launched a film more

Indigenous peoples: development with cultural identity

19 April – Over 2,000 indigenous peoples from around the world are meeting for the next two weeks at the United Nations headquarters in New York to discuss how they can “freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development”, as described by the 2007 UN Declaration on the more

In Laos, community radio gives a voice to ethnic groups

The Khoun Community Radio in Lao PDR is entirely run by volunteers. (Photo: UNDP-Lao PDR)In Lao PDR, a country with 49 ethnic groups and a variety of languages, it is often difficult to access information in your own language. To reach those who were previously voiceless, the Ministry of more

World Malaria Day: Reducing women’s vulnerability in Sudan

Mosquito net distribution campaign, Southern Sudan. (Jenn Warren/UNDP)World Malaria Day, 25 April, is an opportunity to call attention to the global efforts to control this life-threatening disease transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Malaria infects more than one quarter more

Preserving culture, protecting villagers in Fiji

Tai Butani is the only person left in Lomawai village who continues to produce salt from the mangrove ponds, a tradition that has been part of village life for generations.Lomawai village lies on the Island of Fiji, and is well-known for its salt producing tradition. UNDP Global Environmental more

Empowering women to boost African development

On gender equality in education, countries such as Botswana and Rwanda have met their enrollment targets. In Sub-Saharan Africa, progress toward achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment has been modest, but several countries have been spearheading policies that address more

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