Women's Empowerment

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UN Security Council adopts new resolution on women, peace and security

A new Security Council resolution, passed unanimously on Friday at an open debate on women, peace and security, stresses that sustainable peace depends on simultaneous progress in political stability, security, development, human rights--including gender equality-- justice, and the rule ofmore

Women peace activists in Asia take center stage at UNDP gala award event

UNDP honored eight Asian peace activists from conflict countries at its third annual N-Peace awards ceremony that was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 22 October. The N-Peace Awards spotlight women who demonstrate leadership in building peace, and men who work with women for gender equality. Thismore

UNDP-sponsored ‘Thai Youth Anti-Corruption Network ‘ wins best practice by World Economic Forum

Bangkok– The Thai Youth Anti-Corruption Network, a group of more than 4,000 Thai university students from more than 90 universities has been recognised by the World Economic Forum as a “Creative For Good” best practice by the World Economic Forum. The student-led anti-corruption group was createdmore

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Arab region: Making sure that everyone counts

Cairo - Population and development in the Arab region were issues discussed this week in Cairo, during a three-day conference that ended with a declaration highlighting the need to empower women, promote gender equality, and step up efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals. “The status ofmore

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At UN, Malala Yousafzai rallies youth to stand up for universal education

New York – Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for attending classes, today addressed hundreds of young people at the United Nations, urging them to use education as a weapon against extremism. “Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerfulmore

Statement by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on International Women's Day

This year’s International Women’s Day theme – Equality for Women is Progress for All – states a simple truth.  No country will reach its full potential if its female citizens do not enjoy full equality.  As the 2015 end date of the Millennium Development Goals nears, and asmore

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Putting an end to the racial divide

New York – Between 20 to 30 percent of the Latin America and Caribbean population is of African descent. Even though citizens of African ancestry comprise more than half of the population in countries like Brazil, throughout the region they still face discrimination and experience disproportionatemore

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Iraq - Working to End Domestic Violence Against Women Refugees of the Syria Conflict

  More than 2.5 million refugees have now fled the three-year conflict in Syria to seek refuge in neighbouring countries. The Kurdistan region of northern Iraq is home to some 225,000 displaced Syrians who have settled here in camps and amongst host communities, desperate to escape the ongoingmore

Helen Clark discusses gender and leadership with Forbes

By Moira Forbes Forbes Staff “It’s true that as a woman leader you attract probably a disproportionate amount of influence because there are so few of us,” says Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Ranking an impressive 21st on the Forbes’ list of themore

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UNDP salutes Sunila Abeysekera

UNDP mourns the loss of Sunila Abeysekera, a renowned leader in women’s rights and defender of human rights, who died of cancer in Colombo on 9 September 2013. She was 61. A champion of women’s rights, particularly in Asia, Sunila founded the Women and Media Collective in Colombo in 1984. She wasmore

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Malawi 50 years later: the importance of the 2014 elections

Thousands of registered voters are expected to line up to cast their votes in tomorrow’s tripartite elections and the majority are women This year marks the 50th independence anniversary in Malawi and tomorrow the first-ever tripartite elections in the country will take place, an event thatmore

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Empowering women in natural resource management critical for lasting peace in war-torn countries, says UN report

Geneva/New York/Nairobi – Ensuring that women have better access to and control of natural resources such as land, water, forests and minerals can improve the chances of long-term peace and recovery in war-torn countries, says a UN report, “Women and Natural Resources: Unlocking the Peacebuildingmore

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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 beneficiariesmore

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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 2011more

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UNDP steps up Afghan capacity ahead of major transitions

New York -- The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is strengthening its ability to support Afghanistan ahead of the expected withdrawal of international forces. We recognize that we are entering a totally new phase and we need to be prepared for what's coming," UNDP Associate Administrator Rebecamore

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Our 2013-2014 Annual Report spotlights results from actions across core dimensions of development, from jobs and food security, to well-run elections, to crisis recovery, to the management of finite natural resources.

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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.

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