Women's Empowerment

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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

Burkina Faso to pursue its work to alleviate poverty

The platforms plays an essential role in alleviating poverty by liberating women from their long, arduous daily duties. Photo: UNDP The Government of Burkina Faso has decided to continue the experimental National Multifunctional Platform Program supported by the UNDP which began in 2000. The newmore

World in crises needs strong multilateral system, says UNDP chief

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark addresses Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA New York   “Providing citizens with better employment opportunities, quality education, and the chance to benefit more from and contribute more meaningfully to their country’s progress and to decisions which havemore

UNDP results in Afghanistan

Over 50 years of experience working in Afghanistan, through crisis and peace.During these years, UNDP's mission has been one of building, rebuilding and improving both physical and institutional infrastructure.Since the 2001 Bonn Conference, UNDP has provided assistance in support of themore

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

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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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UNDP works to expand women’s citizenship, participation and leadership, and advance women as decision-makers.

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