Women's Empowerment

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Iraq: Judicial security reforms take aim at gender-based violence

Baghdad – As it fights to improve security in the country as a whole, the Government of Iraq is also advancing a series of gender-related rule-of-law programmes to enhance protections for women in particular, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Women in Iraq havemore

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Bangladesh: First woman to supervise country's elections

For the first time in the history of Bangladesh, a woman has overseen municipal elections, ensuring their accordance with electoral laws and providing guidance to presiding officers. Jesime Tuli, who holds more than three decades of experience in the country’s Election Commission, last year managedmore

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Orissa’s women lead the way to safeguard turtles and spur new income

The efforts of a group of Indian women to simultaneously protect endangered sea turtles and boost their local economy were recognized at the 2010 Equator Prize award ceremony, organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the government of the Indian state of Orissa. Thesemore

Human Development Indicators now on Google's Data Explorer

United Nations — Vital international development information is now available on Google via its Public Data Explorer - providing access to key data from 21 years worth of research, including the Human Development Index. “Making this information more accessible through Google gives Internet usersmore

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Water access boosts crop production and incomes in Sudan's rural east

Khartoum - More than 1,000 farmers living in northeast Sudan now have increased harvests and income due to water irrigation equipment provided through an initiative managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). In Arabaat, a rural community 30 kilometres west of the coastal city ofmore

UNDP supports female leaders in Afghan police force

Kabul – Twenty-one police officers wearing headscarves, or hijab, sit in a classroom at the Kabul Police Academy typing into computers, creating organizational diagrams and entering data. They are part of a cadre of trainees working on the last part of a three-month leadership course run bymore

Response to media coverage of shelters in Afghanistan

UNDP Afghanistan works very closely with government ministries, particularly the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, towards improving the situation for Afghan women. Through our partnership with the Government, from 2007 to 2010, total expenditure was US$6.3 million on a range of gender-relatedmore

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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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

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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

Jacinta's story: A female judge in Timor-Leste

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The Everest Women of Nepal

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