Women's Empowerment

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Homophobic hate crimes on the rise, UN human rights chief warns

Hate crimes against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people are rising around the world, the United Nations human rights chief said today, urging governments to do much more to eliminate discrimination and prejudice based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In a video messagemore

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Multi-use engines drive empowerment in 1,000 Mali villages

Each night, Koumantou village in southern Mali would to fall into near total darkness. The only light was cast from the restaurant of local businesswoman Kadia Kone.  The scene is repeated throughout rural Sub-Saharan Africa, where 90 percent of the population lacks access to energy. Butmore

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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

Liberia: 1.7 million sign up to vote with UNDP support

Monrovia - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is among national and international agencies that laid the groundwork for the 1.7 million Liberians, almost half of them women, who last month completed registration to vote in upcoming elections. UNDP worked with the peacekeeping UNmore

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Benin: Empowering women to protect the coastal lagoon

Benin - Until three years ago, Kindozandji Adovè, a mother of three daughters, had to decide which of her girls she would send to school, as her income from selling oysters was not enough to pay school fees for all of them. Now, thanks to UNDP’s Small Grants Programme, she makes enough moneymore

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El Salvador: Women in parliament unite on new law against violence

A groundbreaking law aimed at halting high levels of violence against women in El Salvador, the Central American country with the world’s highest rates for murder of women, was officially made public last week following approval five months ago by the overwhelming majority of members of themore

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

Brazil Carnival highlights anti-poverty goals

Thousands join Eva in Salvador to celebrate Carnival and to raise awareness about the MDGs. (Photo: Eva)Salvador, Brazil - One of the most famous acts of the annual Carnival in Brazil this year dedicated itself to raising awareness about anti-poverty goals among thousands of people in Salvador,more

UNDP chief tweets for women

New York - UNDP chief Helen Clark celebrated International Women’s Day with a live Twitter chat from UNDP headquarters today in New York City. “I can think of no better way to spark conversations around the globe on ending gender inequality than through the dynamic use of socialmore

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International Women's Day

When women succeed we all win "We come from different parts of the world. We lead different lives. We’ve taken different paths. But we have one thing in common. We are three women who had the opportunities to succeed. Of those born into poverty around the world, women are a majority. Tens ofmore

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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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