Women's Empowerment

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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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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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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

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Turkish company pledges to support small scale farmers in low-income communities

Taze&Kuru Inc. joins the Business Call to Action New York/Ankara  –Leading dried food producer Taze&Kuru Inc. will integrate in its business plan 100 small scale Turkish farmers to support local production in line with their commitment to the Business Call to Action (BCtA). Themore

ITC and UNDP join forces to bring Palestinian women back to business

Ramallah - The International Trade Centre (ITC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Business Women Forum-Palestine (BWF), today launched a new project to empower Palestinian women business owners and help build capacity to ensure that they are bettermore

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

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“Nashville” star Connie Britton appointed as UNDP’s newest Goodwill Ambassador

Work will focus on women’s empowerment and the fight against poverty New York -  The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today appointed American actress Connie Britton as its newest Goodwill Ambassador, with a special focus on poverty eradication and women’s empowerment. “We aremore

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

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