Women's Empowerment

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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 anmore

HIV-positive women weavers team-up with fashion designer

New Delhi -  Internationally renowned fashion designer and former supermodel Bibi Russell has joined hands with the ethnic Bodo women of the northeastern Indian state of Assam in creating a new line of lifestyle products that will blend traditional Bodo culture and high fashion.Bibi Russell, whomore

Elected women sworn in for first time in Kuwaiti parliamentary history

VideosPublic Service Announcement: "My Voice, My Choice" | watch larger version"Women's Right to Vote" - Kuwait (Arabic) | watch larger versionKuwait City - When Majlis AlUmmah convenes in Kuwait today for its first session after the last elections, women will occupy 4 out ofmore

Taking stock of Beijing, 15 years on

Twenty-eight African Ministers in charge of Gender Affairs and more than 600 other high level participants from 43 African countries participated in a Regional Review of “Beijing + 15” from November 16th through the 20th in Banjul, the Gambia.The  purpose of the conference was tomore

Bangladeshi women migrants face abuse and health hardships abroad

UNDP report outlines policies for sending and host countries to protect migrant womenDhaka – A majority of Bangladeshi women migrants work as domestic workers in the Arab States. Many of them face physical and sexual abuse at the hands of their employers.  Subject to mandatory testing theymore

Civil war in Congo: The survivors speak out

“Tied to a tree and blindfolded, I listened to my sister sobbing and screaming while armed men raped her,” describes Sandra, a survivor of the armed conflicts that violently ravaged the Congolese population since the 1990s. Thousands of Congolese people have actually experiencedmore

iKNOW Politics launches Arabic website to support women in politics

Amman, Jordan - iKNOW Politics, an online network dedicated to the advancement of women in politics, launched a new Arabic language version here today, opening it up to potentially millions of new users in a region where women are underrepresented politically. About 150 women leaders, politicalmore

Court of Women hears testimonies from trafficked, sexually exploited

A testifier breaking down as she tells her personal story at the South East Asia Court of Women on Trafficking and HIV.Nusa Dua, Bali (Indonesia) – The jury deliberating on a most unusual trial – the first South East Asia Court of Women on HIV and Human Trafficking in South East Asiamore

UNDP welcomes creation of a composite UN entity on women

New York -  The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today welcomed the UN General Assembly’s endorsement of resolution A/63/L.103 on UN System–wide Coherence, and in particular the Assembly’s unanimous resolution to create a composite UN entity on women. This 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 Nationsmore

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 andmore

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 similarmore

Asia: Women with HIV face discrimination and lack legal protection

Port Moresby – HIV-positive women in Papua New Guinea, India and the Philippines face growing stigma and discrimination, and are inadequately protected by legal or social safety nets, according to a series of consultations by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).A brief papermore

New report: Asia-Pacific has one of the world's worst gender gaps

More women than ever are “disappearing” Few countries have laws prohibiting violence against women Lack of education and paid work for women is depressing economic growth New Delhi ― While Asia and the Pacific can take pride in the region’s vibrant economicmore

Governments must ensure women do not bear brunt of economic crisis

New York — Governments need to provide social protection and promote green jobs for women through alternative investments that provide decent employment, such as public-private and community-related partnerships, according to representatives from governments, the United Nations, civil societymore

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