Women's Empowerment

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Grassroots women: game changers in the fight against corruption

New York – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Huairou Commission, a global network of grassroots women’s organizations, convened a global dialogue to discuss how supporting women can further contribute to building transparent and effective governance, including the context ofmore

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UNDP beneficiary receives prestigious ‘Business for Peace Award’

Kesha Pariyar from Nepal awarded the highest form of recognition given to individual business leaders for promoting social responsibility Kathmandu, Nepal — Kesha Pariyar, a beneficiary of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nepal, won the Business for Peace Award 2014, amore

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Women pivotal to bringing lasting peace to countries in conflict

Amman - Women activists from 11 countries across the Arab region convened today to identify means to support women’s participation in peace making and ensure women’s protection from all forms of violence during times of conflict and emergency. The regional seminar on Gender in Conflict andmore

Gender, climate change linked together in Danish torch ceremony

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark received a MDG3 Torch from Danish Minister of Development Cooperation Ulla Toernaes. (photo: UNDP)Women suffer the most from consequences of climate change. Gender issues must be considered as we react to climate changes. Today UNDP Administrator Helen Clark made amore

UNDP provides funding, emotional healing to Peru terrorism victims

UNDP-GEF's funding has assisted displaced survivors of Peru's war against terrorism.Photo: UNDPIn 1984, a group of rural women fled the Andes just as hundreds of thousands of terrified people did. In 2009, their joy of receiving funding from UNDP barely lessens the pain from pairs of eyes that havemore

Delivering justice and support for victims of wartime sexual violence

Zagreb, Croatia -- The necessity of providing justice and support to wartime victims of sexual violence was underscored at a regional conference supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) that brought together more than 120 government officials and civil society activists frommore

Microcredit helps cushion Jamaicans in harsh economic times

Kingston, Jamaica - Rose Marie Gayle received a US$200 micro loan that helped her expand her small business selling sweets, juice and phone cards outside a high school in Kingston.Following a longtime customer’s suggestion, Rose Marie visited the Kingston and St. Andrew Action Forum – amore

Sudan community farms cultivate food and financial success

As the sun rises and the smell of ginger-infused coffee fills the air, women emerge from their homes and head to a lush green field of abusabean, a crop used as cattle feed. It grows easily and abundantly in Sudan; provided there is enough water.Dressed in vibrant colors of fuchsia, orange andmore

Microfinance in the districts of Djibouti

Aicha (left) in her fabric and boubou gown store with Filsan (right)It is 9 a.m. in an alley in Balbala, an immense area on the outskirts of Djibouti City. People hurry to and fro in front of the shop run by Nima Moussa Warfa, as they embark on a shopping expedition, engaged in a quest for rice,more

Afghan women prepare to cast their votes

Women in Mazar prepare for the Aug. 20 elections.(Photo: Amandine Roche (UNDP/ELECT)By Shafiqullah Waak, UNAMAFor Latifa Sayed, 34, the last two months have been very rewarding. She has been working as an election civic educator and teaching less educated women in the city of Jalalabad, west of themore

Tailoring a better life for women in Bangladesh

Achieving the MDGs, changing peoples’ livesGoal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hungerGoal 3: Promote gender equality and empower womenAleya Begum (left) at her shop in Bangladesh with her two apprentices (Photo: UNDP)With her tape measure around her neck, and sheets of cloth and strings ofmore

In Bangladesh, poverty eradication efforts ripple through communities

By UPPR Staff20 July 2010, Mymensingh, Bangladesh — In Mymensingh, a district in northern Bangladesh, it was not so long ago that Asea Begum, 35, and her family had only one meal a day, consisting of plain rice and a few pieces of chilli.  Her growing children were always hungry.  Hermore

15 years after landmark gathering, women still lack equal rights

High-level meeting at the UN assesses advances and challenges in women’s rights New York - Thousands of government officials, activists and women leaders from all over the world are gathered in NY today to assess the progress and challenges in women’s empowerment at the 54thmore

Women struggle for rights as Haiti recovers

The devastating January 12th earthquake hit hard at the Haitian women’s movement, taking the lives of a number of leading activists.  Prior to the earthquake, activists like Anne-Marie Coriolan, Myriam Merlais and Magalie Marcelin were advocating to reform the judiciary and to create anmore

UNDP in Bangladesh

For over a decade, UNDP has assisted the Bangladesh Election Commission. This long-term investment resulted in the most transparent and inclusive election in the country's history.Over the past 10 years, Bangladesh has made significant progress in human development and poverty alleviation. But withmore

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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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