Women's Empowerment

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UNDP offers six-point plan to fast-track women in politics in Asia-Pacific

Bangkok - It will take 50 years for gender balance to be achieved in Asia-Pacific national legislatures if the increase in women’s participation in parliaments remains at the current pace, says a UN Development Programme (UNDP) study released this week. Economic progress will be limited withoutmore

Asian women peace activists honored for their work in the frontlines of conflict

Manila – Women peace activists from six conflict-affected countries in Asia received top honors today in a ceremony presided by President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines, with a message of support  from Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee of Liberia . Eight women and one manmore

Japan’s Unicharm Corp. to bring affordable hygiene products to 36 million low-income women

New York/Tokyo —Japanese consumer products giant Unicharm Corp. has pledged to bring affordable hygiene products to 36 million low-income women in the Middle East/North Africa and Asian regions as part of the Business Call to Action (BCtA), a global initiative to reduce poverty and promotemore

UNDP calls for the formation of a caucus of women political leaders across party lines

Mass movement of women is critical for Women’s Reservation Bill in India New Delhi -- UNDP has called for the formation of a caucus of women political leaders across party lines to enhance women’s participation within political parties and to advocate for the Women’s Reservation Bill as amore

Women leaders champion the call for integrity in governance

Manila –In support of anti-corruption initiatives of the Government of the Philippines, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and its partners hosted a forum today aimed at promoting transparency and accountability in governance.  This forum is part of the Integrity Caravan, amore

UN Development Chief Visits Iran; addresses United Nations Day Celebration in Teheran

Tehran – The head of the UN Development Group has wrapped up a three-day visit to Iran, saying that the country has made impressive human development progress, but that development challenges remained.   "In education, health, and income per capita, as measured in the annual Humanmore

UN survey of 10,000 men in Asia and the Pacific reveals why some men use violence against women and girls

Bangkok — A UN study of 10,000 men in Asia and the Pacific, released today, found that overall nearly half of those men interviewed reported using physical and/or sexual violence against a female partner, ranging from 26 percent to 80 percent across the sites studied.  Nearly a quarter of menmore

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Football unites President of Bolivia, diplomats and top officials to End Violence against Women

New York - President of Bolivia Evo Morales, top officials and ambassadors to the UN took time out during the General Assembly today to play a football match to support of the Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women. Wearing dark blue, the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP)more

Post-2015 goals must prioritise sexual, reproductive health, rights, and gender equality, UNDP Chief says

Kuala Lumpur – UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark spoke at the Women Deliver conference today on the importance of a renewed global development agenda giving priority to sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality, and women's empowerment. Life has changedmore

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Empowering women and closing gender gaps in Africa under spotlight at Tokyo conference

Yokohama – The importance of gender equality and the empowerment of women in driving development in Africa will be the focus of a high-level panel moderated by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICADmore

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Report urges stronger legal protections for women and girls affected by HIV in health care settings

Bangkok – A report from four Asian countries reveals serious gaps in the legal means of protection of the rights of HIV-affected women and girls in health care settings. Human rights violations include discriminatory treatment by medical workers, breaches of confidentiality, forced sterilizationmore

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Violence against women is not acceptable and can be prevented

New York – Every year, at least two million women and girls are trafficked into prostitution, forced slavery, and servitude. Up to 60 percent of women experience some form of physical or sexual abuse during their lifetime. On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, themore

Google expands global access to Human Development Indicators

New data visualization tools let web users map and chart the latest HDI trends and figures for all UN member-states United Nations — In a move to provide greater global access to key human development indicators for all countries, Google’s innovative Public Data Explorer will now feature themore

UN recommits to aid, favourable market access for LDCs

UNLDC IV, Istanbul — A ten-year international action plan for 48 economically vulnerable nations was announced today by Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu of Turkey on the closing day of a UN conference in Istanbul.Countries agreed in the Istanbul Programme of Action to work for favourable marketmore

UNDP chief concludes tour of Central Asia

Tashkent – UNDP Administrator Helen Clark concluded a three day visit to Uzbekistan today.  She met yesterday with Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov, who expressed his support for the role played by UNDP in Uzbekistan’s development. While in Uzbekistan, Helen Clark also met with Mr. Rustammore

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The promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women is central to the mandate of the United Nations Development Programme. Gender equality, centered in human rights, is critical to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and sustainable development.

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