Women's Empowerment

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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

Investing in Haitian Women

Since the 12 January 2010 earthquake, UNDP has been playing a key role in the response to the crisis in Haiti. Acknowledging that only Haitians can rebuild their country again— and build it back better— UNDP has put job creation at the centre of all its recovery activities in themore

Women entrepreneurs in Burkina Faso

Fatimata Leah Nahini produces a local brand of beer (dolo), which she sells in the market, thus generating a large profit. Since the opening of the Credit Union in Matiakoali, she was able to save money for the first time ever. Photo: Kerstin Gossé/UNDPWithout access to financial resources,more

Indigenous peoples: development with cultural identity

19 April – Over 2,000 indigenous peoples from around the world are meeting for the next two weeks at the United Nations headquarters in New York to discuss how they can “freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development”, as described by the 2007 UN Declaration on themore

In Laos, community radio gives a voice to ethnic groups

The Khoun Community Radio in Lao PDR is entirely run by volunteers. (Photo: UNDP-Lao PDR)In Lao PDR, a country with 49 ethnic groups and a variety of languages, it is often difficult to access information in your own language. To reach those who were previously voiceless, the Ministry ofmore

World Malaria Day: Reducing women’s vulnerability in Sudan

Mosquito net distribution campaign, Southern Sudan. (Jenn Warren/UNDP)World Malaria Day, 25 April, is an opportunity to call attention to the global efforts to control this life-threatening disease transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Malaria infects more than one quartermore

Preserving culture, protecting villagers in Fiji

Tai Butani is the only person left in Lomawai village who continues to produce salt from the mangrove ponds, a tradition that has been part of village life for generations.Lomawai village lies on the Island of Fiji, and is well-known for its salt producing tradition. UNDP Global Environmentalmore

Launch of "Getting Ahead: Testimonials of Women in Politics"

For more information, please visit www.iknowpolitics.orgAs part of the 53rd Session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and to celebrate the International Women’s Day, The International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics (iKNOW Politics) and its partners launched a filmmore

International Women's Day Special: Faces of strength and courage

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Living positively in Ecuador

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'Maama' Kits promote safe deliveries in Uganda

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

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