Women's Empowerment

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Bangladeshi women migrants face abuse and health hardships abroad

UNDP report outlines policies for sending and host countries to protect migrant womenDhaka – A majority of Bangladeshi women migrants work as domestic workers in the Arab States. Many of them face physical and sexual abuse at the hands of their employers.  Subject to mandatory testing theymore

Asian migrant women face vulnerabilities in the Arab States

UNDP report outlines protection policies for countries receiving and sending migrant womenManila - Despite the substantial economic benefits that Asian women migrant workers generate from their work in the Arab region, they often migrate under unsafe conditions, are targets of sexualmore

Launch of Africa-UNiTE

“Africa-UNiTE to end Violence against Women and Girls”, the Africa component of the Secretary General’s campaign was launched on January 30th in Addis Ababa.  In a strong message read on his behalf by the under Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economicmore

Sierra Leone: sexual violence remains unpunished

In calling for the media to take a more pivotal role in combating Sexual and Gender based Violence (SGBV), Samuel Harbor, UNDP Deputy Country Director said, “inequalities between men and women (in Sierra Leone) are some of the worst in the world with Sierra Leone at the bottom of the UNDPmore

UNDP signs new partnership agreement with Brazil

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark signed a partnership agreement in Brasilia this week with Brazil’s Foreign Minister, Ambassador Celso Amorim. The agreement reinforces UNDP’s activities in Brazil and its partnership with Brazil in international development co-operation.During hermore

Antonio Banderas, United Nations call for action on the MDGs

Madrid-Geneva - On 16 July in Madrid, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas spoke at the first meeting of an advocacy group created by the UN to spur action towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In his statement during the opening session, Banderas said that his appointmentmore

Aceh post-tsunami rebuilding impressive, but poverty blights landscape

The people of Aceh have achieved remarkable progress in rebuilding their communities.(Photo: UNDP) Aceh – The people of Indonesia’s province of Aceh have achieved remarkable progress in rebuilding their communities following the devastating impact of the 2004 tsunami, but similarmore

Elected women sworn in for first time in Kuwaiti parliamentary history

VideosPublic Service Announcement: "My Voice, My Choice" | watch larger version"Women's Right to Vote" - Kuwait (Arabic) | watch larger versionKuwait City - When Majlis AlUmmah convenes in Kuwait today for its first session after the last elections, women will occupy 4 out ofmore

UNDP welcomes creation of a composite UN entity on women

New York -  The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today welcomed the UN General Assembly’s endorsement of resolution A/63/L.103 on UN System–wide Coherence, and in particular the Assembly’s unanimous resolution to create a composite UN entity on women. This more

iKNOW Politics launches Arabic website to support women in politics

Amman, Jordan - iKNOW Politics, an online network dedicated to the advancement of women in politics, launched a new Arabic language version here today, opening it up to potentially millions of new users in a region where women are underrepresented politically. About 150 women leaders, politicalmore

Court of Women hears testimonies from trafficked, sexually exploited

A testifier breaking down as she tells her personal story at the South East Asia Court of Women on Trafficking and HIV.Nusa Dua, Bali (Indonesia) – The jury deliberating on a most unusual trial – the first South East Asia Court of Women on HIV and Human Trafficking in South East Asiamore

Governments must ensure women do not bear brunt of economic crisis

New York — Governments need to provide social protection and promote green jobs for women through alternative investments that provide decent employment, such as public-private and community-related partnerships, according to representatives from governments, the United Nations, civil societymore

Civil war in Congo: The survivors speak out

“Tied to a tree and blindfolded, I listened to my sister sobbing and screaming while armed men raped her,” describes Sandra, a survivor of the armed conflicts that violently ravaged the Congolese population since the 1990s. Thousands of Congolese people have actually experiencedmore

New report: Asia-Pacific has one of the world's worst gender gaps

More women than ever are “disappearing” Few countries have laws prohibiting violence against women Lack of education and paid work for women is depressing economic growth New Delhi ― While Asia and the Pacific can take pride in the region’s vibrant economicmore

Women’s needs not being met in post-conflict recovery and reconstruction

New report examines conflicts in four countries and shows financing for gender equality fell far short of addressing critical gender gaps Women at a camp for displaced persons in Zam Zam, North Darfur, Sudan. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.New York -- Commemorating 10 years since the United Nationsmore

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