Women's Empowerment

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Brazil, Bangladesh, China win UN development storytelling contest

The story of an indigenous family in west-central Brazil which now uses clean, economical and green cook stoves provided through a United Nations Development Programme project is among 12 winners of an annual storytelling competition. UNDP offices from 66 countries submitted more than 120more

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“Nashville” star Connie Britton appointed as UNDP’s newest Goodwill Ambassador

Work will focus on women’s empowerment and the fight against poverty New York -  The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today appointed American actress Connie Britton as its newest Goodwill Ambassador, with a special focus on poverty eradication and women’s empowerment. “We aremore

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Lebanon: Harvesting wild sage in Mejdel Akkar

High in the mountains of Mejdel Akkar in North Lebanon, Fadwa Diab and other women members of the Mejdel Akkar Cooperative harvest wild sage as part of a UNDP-supported initiative. “We are now well paid, and can help our families and improve our living conditions”, said Fadwa, adding that, thanksmore

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Young women encouraged to join national police of Timor-Leste

A recent survey on gender violence indicates that 38 percent of Timorese women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15. Despite the enactment of Law Against Domestic Violence in 2010, it is estimated that 30 to 50 percent of Timorese women continue to suffer abuse from their partnersmore

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Giving a voice to female victims in Guatemala

“We couldn’t stand the hunger, we were homeless, everything had been destroyed. We were desperate and so my mother decided to give herself up to the squadron ... But instead of welcoming us, they hurt us," recalls Elena de Paz, a survivor of the domestic armed conflict in Guatemala, who wasmore

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Bangladesh: Empowering women to fight poverty

Shyamola Begum, 43, says she understands why her husband left her. Under the pressures of crippling poverty, with too many mouths to feed, he left their one room shanty in the capital one morning and never came back, she explains. “We came to this city looking for a better life but my husbandmore

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Bangladesh: Transforming life in the slums

Shabdi D’Costa was in her forties, barely surviving with her three daughters on her husband’s Tk 1,800 (US $22) salary, when she decided to find a way out of poverty by taking charge of the family finances. “We barely had enough money to feed and clothe ourselves,” said Shabdi. “I needed to learnmore

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Commission on Status of Women strengthens move to eliminate violence against women and girls

New York – The 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) culminated on Friday (15 March) with Member States underlining their commitment that women and girls have the right to live a life free of violence, exploitation and abuse. The priority theme of this year’s globalmore

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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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