Women's Empowerment

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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

Women, peace and security in Africa

Eleven African governments have pledged to ensure an effective regional mechanism to address sexual violence against women and children in a regional event sponsored by UNDP.The Presidents of Burundi, DRC, the Republic of Congo, Namibia, Tanzania and Zambia, as well as Ministers of Great Lakesmore

Kenya: Rooting women into enterprise

24 women graduated with certificates following a 10 day intensive workshop organised to promote women in business and investment in Kenya through capacity development support.(Photo:UNDP)A Swahili word that means "to prosper", "Fanikisha" sums up the success of a joint projectmore

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In Afghanistan, Mullahs use Islam to help women

By Sayed Barez, UNAMA The Government of Afghanistan is tapping mullahs and religious elders to make people aware of the rights women are entitled to in accordance with Islamic Laws through a programme supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The national programme, which ismore

Thailand: Breaking the silence on domestic violence

Television personality, constitutional law expert and former Miss Thailand, Khun Areewan has always been a symbol of glamour and inspiration. And, as more people are finding out that she is also a victim of domestic violence, she has become a symbol of defiance and strength.“From a youngmore

In Turkey, women's empowerment is in fashion

  A cooperative owner and worker prepares garments for Istanbul Fashion Week (Photo: UNDP) In Turkey’s southeast Anatolia region, where only 3 per cent of women are engaged in paid labour, UNDP and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)more

UNDP Administrator wraps up visit to DRC

Women work at an income-generating project in Rutshuru in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Photo: UNDP)Kinshasa - Speaking in Kinshasa after wrapping up a four day official visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo, also known as DRC, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark spoke of need for a peacemore

Violence against women: Breaking the silence

Marily lost her legs in a terrorist attack in Medellin, Colombia. Despite this event she takes care of her 3 children.Violence against women during or after armed conflicts has been reported in every war zone. (Foto: UNDP/Hector Hernan Vanegas Ochoa) The International Day for the Eliminationmore

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