Women's Empowerment

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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

Statement by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on International Women's Day

This year’s International Women’s Day theme – Equality for Women is Progress for All – states a simple truth.  No country will reach its full potential if its female citizens do not enjoy full equality.  As the 2015 end date of the Millennium Development Goals nears, and asmore

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56th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

  Rural women in developing countries are critical to addressing hunger, malnutrition and poverty, but they lack equal access to opportunities and resources. Rural women play a key role in supporting their households and communities in achieving food and nutrition security, generating incomemore

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International Women's Day

This year, International Women’s Day focuses on the empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges. “Invest in rural women. Eliminate discrimination against them in law and in practice. Ensure that policies respond to their needs.more

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International Women's Day

This year, International Women’s Day focuses on achieving momentum in the fight for gender equality, and the specific theme is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.” "This year on International Women’s Day, we convert our outrage into action. We declare thatmore

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Focus on Women

This year’s theme for International Women's Day, “Equality for women is progress for all” emphasizes how gender equality, empowerment of women, women’s full enjoyment of human rights and the eradication of poverty are essential to economic and social development. It also stresses the vital role ofmore

UNDP chief calls for end to violence against women

On International Women’s Day, Helen Clark Says Much Work Remains New York — UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark called Friday for scaled-up efforts globally to stop violence against women, calling it a weapon of war in much of the world and a major obstacle to equality andmore

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