Women's Empowerment

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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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UNDP help Lebanese women in conflict-worn communities

Beirut - More than 40 women’s cooperatives have formed small businesses across Lebanon to revitalize communities that were economically devastated by the 34-day conflict with Israel in 2006. Focusing on the well-being of women and wider communities in areas of Lebanon where some live on incomes asmore

Asia-Pacific women waiting for local leadership roles

While women have reached the pinnacles of leadership in some national governments of the Asia and Pacific region, there is still a long way to go for women’s representation in decision-making roles at lower levels of government, according to a new report released today. The region’s success inmore

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Reducing maternal death in Eritrea

In the market town of Senafe, in southern Eritrea, Fethawi Berhane has just undergone three days of painful labor and complications during childbirth that resulted in the death of her baby, despite the best efforts of a traditional birth attendant. Fethawi herself is lucky to have survived, givenmore

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Sri Lanka: Women look to the future with optimism

Like many others of her village in northern Sri Lanka, Jecindan Dharsha was displaced several times during nearly three decades of conflict in the country and faced severe hardships. When she came back to her village she didn’t have a penny to her name. “I had to start my life all over again,”more

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In Turkey, fashion creates jobs

For Fatma, divorced at the age of 19 and living at her parents’ house with two kids, life used to be difficult. “I loved my husband but it did not work,” said Fatma, who lives in Turkey. “He cheated on me. I had no profession and no job. I did not know what to do.” But Fatma’s life changed aftermore

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