Women's Empowerment

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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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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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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

South Sudan services must reach women and girls, UNDP chief says

Washington — The world’s newest country has made progress in delivering social services since it declared independence in July, but South Sudan has much work ahead and needs international support, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said.   “Vibrant economies needmore

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UNDP Boosts Support for Iraqi People

Baghdad - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced today that it is boosting its partnership with the Government of Iraq and the Iraqi people. "We have tripled the number of our staff based in Iraq to 44 with further increases planned in the next year. Each and every one ofmore

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Driving African development through gender equality and empowering women

Yokohama – Africa’s first and only women presidents joined UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on Sunday in calling for women and girls to be front and centre in Africa’s development agenda. “Women are at the center of our hopes for Africa,” said President Joyce Banda of Malawi, speaking at a panelmore

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

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

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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

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

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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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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