Women's Empowerment

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, who more

Millennium Development Goals must be met, UN Secretary-General says

Report provides basis for Government negotiations on action plan to 2015 deadline UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK – With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for the adoption of a global more

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 economic more

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UNDP commits to stay in Afghanistan for long haul

Kabul – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will continue to support Afghanistan to meet its development goals, said Rebeca Grynspan, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator, today during an official visit to the country. “UNDP commits to continue building capacity more

2010 Human Development Report analyses long-term development trends

United Nations — Most developing countries made dramatic yet often underestimated progress in health, education and basic living standards in recent decades, with many of the poorest countries posting the greatest gains, reveals a detailed new analysis of long-term Human Development Index (HDI) more

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 the more

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 market more

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. Rustam more

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UNDP-GEF joint project helps Cambodia save forests

UNDP and Global Environment Facility on Monday launched a new project worth over US$3.8 million to help Cambodia preserve its forests to benefit the rural poor as well as to contribute to reducing emission of green house gases into atmosphere. The “Sustainable Forest Management” project targets more

Sierra Leone forum condemns violence against young girls

Following an alarming spate of rapes in Sierra Leone in the first 3 months of 2010, a Civil Society Organizations (CSO)-UNDP forum has called for a vigorous response to stop human rights violations and criminal acts against young girls. “We condemn in the strongest terms such despicable more

UNDP Chief Helen Clark meets Indian Prime Minister

UNDP-India to explore ways to expand and deepen partnership in India and globallyNew Delhi -- On 11 March 2010, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark met with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the last day of her five-day official visit to India. They more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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