Women's Empowerment

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

Videos Female entrepreneurs in Turkmenistan | watch larger version more

The Everest Women of Nepal

Videos Female entrepreneurs in Turkmenistan | watch larger version more

image

Maldives: Football encourages young women to reach for their goals

With their heads held high, 21 young women step out onto the football field. The Maldives Women’s National Football team is ready for kick-off. Their mothers and grandmothers would have never dreamed of playing professional football. But a new initiative, launched in September, 2010, is helping to more

image

Multi-use engines drive women's empowerment in 1,000 Mali villages

Before the installation of a diesel-fueled engine, Koumantou village in southern Mali would to fall into near total darkness each night. The only light would be cast from the restaurant of local businesswoman, Kadia Kone.  This scene is repeated throughout rural Sub-Saharan Africa, more

image

Breaking the glass ceiling in Pakistan

Pakistan has a relatively high proportion of women in Parliament compared to other countries in South Asia, with women accounting for 19 percent of representatives in the upper and lower houses. Nonetheless, women in Pakistan still face many difficulties in accessing decision-making positions at more

image

Burundi: Returning to a normal life after war

Some mornings Espérance Nibigira, 35, wonders how she will find the energy to begin the day. As a combatant in the north-west of Burundi during the civil war that raged between 1993 and 2005, resulting in 300,000 deaths, she suffered an accident on the battlefield that left her disabled and more

image

UNDP-IKEA partnership helps women change rules in India

For most of her life, Shiela Devi had few options. Growing up in an impoverished village in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh, she ate her brothers' leftovers, did chores at home while they went to school, and married at age 15. At 35, Shiela was completely illiterate, had no source of more

image

Mangoes in mali: Changing lives and a nation's economy

On a spring day in southwest Mali, a group of Malian women holding corners of a blue and turquoise cloth turn their heads to the sky. In seconds, the green mangoes that hang from the tree branches above will be prodded by a stick, knocking them into the colorful cloth. Anyone who has tried a more

image

Veterinary skills help empower women in rural Pakistan

Muhammad Bibi’s life in the Punjab province of Tehsil Mian Channu, northeastern Pakistan, took a sudden turn when her husband had a heart attack and was unable to work. Without warning, she became the sole provider for her six children and her spouse. At the time, the few goats that Bibi's family more

image

Gender-based violence awareness program opens eyes in Rwanda

Emmanuel, a pastor in northern Rwanda, had always considered himself a model husband. That is, until he attended a gender-based violence awareness programme in his community that showed him he had been violent to his wife to a degree that is considered illegal. “When I learned that my behavior was more

Asian migrant women face vulnerabilities in the Arab States

UNDP report outlines protection policies for countries receiving and sending migrant womenManila - Despite the substantial economic benefits that Asian women migrant workers generate from their work in the Arab region, they often migrate under unsafe conditions, are targets of sexual more

Launch of Africa-UNiTE

“Africa-UNiTE to end Violence against Women and Girls”, the Africa component of the Secretary General’s campaign was launched on January 30th in Addis Ababa.  In a strong message read on his behalf by the under Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic more

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, political more

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 experienced more

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 of more

UNDP Global Programme
2014 to 2017

The Global Programme is the architecture that allows UNDP to provide coherent global policy advice and programme support services, based on country and regional programme experiences and drawing on the pool of evidence, knowledge and expertise gained by UNDP across all development settings.

View More
Fast Facts
Gender Equality and UNDP

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.

Fast Facts: Gender in Crisis Countries

UNDP works to expand women’s citizenship, participation and leadership, and advance women as decision-makers.

Our work on Women's Empowerment
View More
Knowledge Exchange
thumbnail

Teamworks is UNDP's knowledge sharing exchange that allows development professionals to gain and share knowledge

Human Development Data

Human Development Index (HDI) figures are available as part of the Google Public Data Explorer tool.