Women's Empowerment

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Libyans turn out to vote in landmark elections, women’s role lauded

Millions of Libyans went to the polls Sunday to vote in the country’s first free nationwide elections in nearly five decades, to select representatives to the General National Congress (GNC) which will serve as an interim parliament as they draft a new constitution. The 200-seat GNC replaces themore

Rwanda: Women helping lead country’s transformation

The people of Rwanda have been working tirelessly to put their country’s tumultuous past behind them, paving the way towards a more promising future where peace and stability are helping transform the country into one of Africa’s fastest growing economies. Yet in this East African country –more

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UNDP, Liberian President join efforts to support market women

New York - The United Nations Development Programme and a fund that is working to boost the livelihoods of women farmers, traders and wholesalers in Liberia, have unveiled a new video documentary to inspire efforts to support similar women’s groups across the African continent. Supported by UNDP,more

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Boosting indigenous peoples' political participation crucial for development, says UNDP

New York – Around 100 officials from Mexico and other Latin American countries, indigenous peoples’ representatives and non-governmental organizations gathered today in New York during the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples (7-18 May) to discuss how to increase indigenous peoples’ politicalmore

UN hosts the world premiere of ‘One Day on Earth’

On 22 April 2012 – Earth Day - the feature length documentary film produced by One Day on Earth will be screened on the same day in over 170 countries worldwide, in collaboration with over 80 UNDP Country Offices. On the same day the New York world premiere will take place in the UN Generalmore

Brazil Carnival highlights anti-poverty goals

Thousands join Eva in Salvador to celebrate Carnival and to raise awareness about the MDGs. (Photo: Eva)Salvador, Brazil - One of the most famous acts of the annual Carnival in Brazil this year dedicated itself to raising awareness about anti-poverty goals among thousands of people in Salvador,more

UNDP chief tweets for women

New York - UNDP chief Helen Clark celebrated International Women’s Day with a live Twitter chat from UNDP headquarters today in New York City. “I can think of no better way to spark conversations around the globe on ending gender inequality than through the dynamic use of socialmore

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International Women's Day

When women succeed we all win "We come from different parts of the world. We lead different lives. We’ve taken different paths. But we have one thing in common. We are three women who had the opportunities to succeed. Of those born into poverty around the world, women are a majority. Tens ofmore

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UNDP help Lebanese women in conflict-worn communities

Beirut - More than 40 women’s cooperatives have formed small businesses across Lebanon to revitalize communities that were economically devastated by the 34-day conflict with Israel in 2006. Focusing on the well-being of women and wider communities in areas of Lebanon where some live on incomes asmore

Asia-Pacific women waiting for local leadership roles

While women have reached the pinnacles of leadership in some national governments of the Asia and Pacific region, there is still a long way to go for women’s representation in decision-making roles at lower levels of government, according to a new report released today. The region’s success inmore

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Benin: Empowering women to protect the coastal lagoon

Benin - Until three years ago, Kindozandji Adovè, a mother of three daughters, had to decide which of her girls she would send to school, as her income from selling oysters was not enough to pay school fees for all of them. Now, thanks to UNDP’s Small Grants Programme, she makes enough moneymore

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El Salvador: Women in parliament unite on new law against violence

A groundbreaking law aimed at halting high levels of violence against women in El Salvador, the Central American country with the world’s highest rates for murder of women, was officially made public last week following approval five months ago by the overwhelming majority of members of themore

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Women stand up for their rights in the new Republic of South Sudan

Just a few days after independence was declared, the South Sudan Women Lawyers Association (SSWLA) issued a rallying call to supporters of women's rights, demanding greater equality and human rights for the women of South Sudan. The association congratulated President Salva Kiir Mayardit and allmore

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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 tomore

Homophobic hate crimes on the rise, UN human rights chief warns

Hate crimes against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people are rising around the world, the United Nations human rights chief said today, urging governments to do much more to eliminate discrimination and prejudice based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In a video messagemore

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