Women's Empowerment

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Tackling the costs of gender inequality to Africa's development

A young businesswoman in suit with her baby strapped to her back walks on the street in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo: UNDP/Stefanie Leigh Plant) The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has teamed up with the African Institute for Economic Development to launch a major programme aimed atmore

Viet Nam: Small businesses become greener and more efficient

 Traditional coal kiln in the village of Bat Trang, Vietnam: inefficient and highly pollutant.(Photo: UNDP)Small and medium enterprises are a critical part of the rapidly growing Vietnamese economy. However, their inefficient use of energy not only narrows profit margins, but also contributes tomore

Veterinary skills help empower women in rural Pakistan

By Shumaila Tariq Photo: UNDP PakistanMuhammad Bibi’s life in the Punjab province of Tehsil Mian Channu, northeastern Pakistan, took a sudden turn when her husband had a heart attack and was unable to work again. She became the sole provider for her six children and her spouse. Having tomore

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Empowering single mothers in Malaysia

Single mothers in Malaysia face many challenges, but those living in poverty face plenty more. In addition to the financial challenges and the responsibilities of being the sole providers for their children, the majority of single mothers – particularly in rural areas – lack education andmore

Peru: Health in Andes gets boost from cleaner cooking

Lima - A partnership to help clean up air and reduce waste from cooking fuels in households of the Peruvian Andes has contributed to dramatic improvements in family health, according to an impact survey completed earlier this year.The initiative, called “Sembrando”, led by Peruvianmore

Women Count for Peace: UNDP welcomes women activists

In observance of the tenth anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 — the landmark document to ensure women’s peace and security in post-conflict situations —  Open Days on Women, Peace and Security were held in 25 post-conflict countries from June to September 2010.more

UN launches plan to combat spread of HIV among women and girls

Photo: UNAIDS/B. HamiltonUNDP Administrator Helen Clark at the high-level panel in NY.UNDP Administrator Helen Clark joined a high-level panel in New York to launch a five-year action plan by UNAIDS to address gender inequalities and human rights violations that put women and girls at risk ofmore

Ending violence against women helps achieve development goals

Violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions – in all continents. At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused by an intimate partner in the course of her lifetime. The International Day for themore

UNDP human development initiatives in the Arab World

Photo: Dominique MarrStudents at Damascus University UNDP directed US$579 million in human development aid to the Arab region in 2008, an increase of 21 percent from the year before in a region that is experiencing a number of conflict and post-conflict recovery situations. Indeed, the bulk ofmore

UNDP, UNFPA, Germany promote sexual and reproductive health

Berlin - UNDP Administrator Helen Clark spoke out forcefully today on sexual and reproductive health and development at a forum in Berlin co-hosted by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the German government.“As long as 200 million women in the world have an unmet need for family planning,more

UN Broadband Commission releases first global report on ‘broadband and gender’: 200 million fewer women online

Most promising ‘emerging market’ could turn out to be women New York– A new report released today by the Broadband Commission Working Group on Broadband and Gender reveals a ‘significant and pervasive’ ‘tech gap’ in access to information and communication technologies (ICTs). Globally, the reportmore

Empowering women to boost African development

On gender equality in education, countries such as Botswana and Rwanda have met their enrollment targets. In Sub-Saharan Africa, progress toward achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment has been modest, but several countries have been spearheading policies that addressmore

Timor-Leste: Ensuring women’s participation in local decision-making

 Dulce Junior talks to members of a community council at a training session on village development in the district of Covalima.(Photo: UNDP)In Timor-Leste, women are key players in reshaping the future of the second youngest country in the world. Dulce Junior, 36, is one such woman.more

The Multifunctional Platform: lightening the burden of Burkinabe women

Although the Millennium Development Goals specifically mention energy-related issues, this sector represents an essential component of the fight against poverty. In Burkina Faso, UNDP worked with the government to address this reality by implementing the National Multifunctional Platform Programmemore

Tackling gender-based violence in Rwanda

It is estimated that 250,000 women were raped during the Rwandan Genocide in 1994, but today the Rwandan people are reaching out to educate and prevent gender-based violence.In Rwanda, a UN-supported Gender Desk at the National Police is providing legal and psychosocial support to survivors andmore

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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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