Women's Empowerment

Microfinance in the districts of Djibouti

Aicha (left) in her fabric and boubou gown store with Filsan (right)It is 9 a.m. in an alley in Balbala, an immense area on the outskirts of Djibouti City. People hurry to and fro in front of the shop run by Nima Moussa Warfa, as they embark on a shopping expedition, engaged in a quest for rice, more

Afghan women prepare to cast their votes

Women in Mazar prepare for the Aug. 20 elections.(Photo: Amandine Roche (UNDP/ELECT)By Shafiqullah Waak, UNAMAFor Latifa Sayed, 34, the last two months have been very rewarding. She has been working as an election civic educator and teaching less educated women in the city of Jalalabad, west of the more

UNDP human development initiatives in the Arab World

Photo: Dominique MarrStudents at Damascus University UNDP directed US$579 million in human development aid to the Arab region in 2008, an increase of 21 percent from the year before in a region that is experiencing a number of conflict and post-conflict recovery situations. Indeed, the bulk of more

UNDP provides funding, emotional healing to Peru terrorism victims

UNDP-GEF's funding has assisted displaced survivors of Peru's war against terrorism.Photo: UNDPIn 1984, a group of rural women fled the Andes just as hundreds of thousands of terrified people did. In 2009, their joy of receiving funding from UNDP barely lessens the pain from pairs of eyes that have more

Aceh post-tsunami rebuilding impressive, but poverty blights landscape

The people of Aceh have achieved remarkable progress in rebuilding their communities.(Photo: UNDP) Aceh – The people of Indonesia’s province of Aceh have achieved remarkable progress in rebuilding their communities following the devastating impact of the 2004 tsunami, but similar more

Gender, climate change linked together in Danish torch ceremony

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark received a MDG3 Torch from Danish Minister of Development Cooperation Ulla Toernaes. (photo: UNDP)Women suffer the most from consequences of climate change. Gender issues must be considered as we react to climate changes. Today UNDP Administrator Helen Clark made a more

Microcredit helps cushion Jamaicans in harsh economic times

Kingston, Jamaica - Rose Marie Gayle received a US$200 micro loan that helped her expand her small business selling sweets, juice and phone cards outside a high school in Kingston.Following a longtime customer’s suggestion, Rose Marie visited the Kingston and St. Andrew Action Forum – a more

UNDP, UNFPA, Germany promote sexual and reproductive health

Berlin - UNDP Administrator Helen Clark spoke out forcefully today on sexual and reproductive health and development at a forum in Berlin co-hosted by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the German government.“As long as 200 million women in the world have an unmet need for family planning, more

Sudan community farms cultivate food and financial success

As the sun rises and the smell of ginger-infused coffee fills the air, women emerge from their homes and head to a lush green field of abusabean, a crop used as cattle feed. It grows easily and abundantly in Sudan; provided there is enough water.Dressed in vibrant colors of fuchsia, orange and more

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UNDP help Lebanese women in conflict-worn communities

Beirut - More than 40 women’s cooperatives have formed small businesses across Lebanon to revitalize communities that were economically devastated by the 34-day conflict with Israel in 2006. Focusing on the well-being of women and wider communities in areas of Lebanon where some live on incomes as more

Asia-Pacific women waiting for local leadership roles

While women have reached the pinnacles of leadership in some national governments of the Asia and Pacific region, there is still a long way to go for women’s representation in decision-making roles at lower levels of government, according to a new report released today. The region’s success in more

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