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

Tackling gender-based violence in Rwanda

It is estimated that 250,000 women were raped during the Rwandan Genocide in 1994, but today the Rwandan people are reaching out to educate and prevent gender-based violence.In Rwanda, a UN-supported Gender Desk at the National Police is providing legal and psychosocial support to survivors and more

Investing in Haitian Women

Since the 12 January 2010 earthquake, UNDP has been playing a key role in the response to the crisis in Haiti. Acknowledging that only Haitians can rebuild their country again— and build it back better— UNDP has put job creation at the centre of all its recovery activities in the more

UN launches plan to combat spread of HIV among women and girls

Photo: UNAIDS/B. HamiltonUNDP Administrator Helen Clark at the high-level panel in NY.UNDP Administrator Helen Clark joined a high-level panel in New York to launch a five-year action plan by UNAIDS to address gender inequalities and human rights violations that put women and girls at risk of 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

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UNDP Boosts Support for Iraqi People

Baghdad - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced today that it is boosting its partnership with the Government of Iraq and the Iraqi people. "We have tripled the number of our staff based in Iraq to 44 with further increases planned in the next year. Each and every one of more

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UNDP salutes Nobel Laureates

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, compatriot Leymah Gbowee, and Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman were jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peacebuilding work. “We salute the 2011 more

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Mongolia: UNDP chief calls for people-centred sustainable development as country faces mining boom

Ulaanbaatar - United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark traveled 100 kilometres west of Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, today to Hustai National Park to meet with herders, women entrepreneurs, representatives from the national Chamber of Commerce and other beneficiaries 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

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

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