Women's Empowerment

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UNDP Annual Report 2009

The report outlines steps taken in 2008 to assist countries in developing their capacities to respond to citizens’ needs and reports on concrete actions undertaken by UNDP to deliver on commitments made.  The demand from developing countries for capacity development support, especially in the more

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Resource Guide on Gender and Climate Change

Poor women's limited access to resources, restricted rights, limited mobility and muted voices in shaping decisions make them highly vulnerable to climate change. This resource guide aims to inform practitioners and policy makers of the linkages between gender equality and climate change. more

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Europe and CIS Regional Human Development Report 2008

The human cost of social exclusion   The report draws on data from an innovative six-country research study conducted by UNDP together with Oxford University researchers and local social research institutes and organisations of people living with HIV that looked at exclusion in the health, more

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Innovative Approaches to Promoting Women's Economic Empowerment

Written for the High-level Event Partnership Meeting on the MDG3 Global Call to Action, this publication addresses the lack of progress on women's economic empowerment, and highlights promising and innovative approaches from all regions of the world. more

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UNDP Annual Report 2008

In early 2007, the world economy was still in its third year of exceptionally rapid growth, progress which has had a positive impact on poverty reduction in general.  By mid-2007, however, it was clear that developing countries would have to respond to a great deal of uncertainty in the global more

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Chemicals Management: The why and how of mainstreaming gender

The publication, part of the Gender Mainstreaming Guidelines Series, provides an approach to mainstreaming gender in chemicals management, together with a discussion of priorities for UNDP support to assist partners with mainstreaming gender considerations at each step of a national process to more

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Electoral Financing to Advance Women's Political Participation

This primer offers an introduction to the intersection of gender and electoral financing. Money is a prerequisite for competing in most political systems today, but patterns of gender discrimination force women candidates to make do with more limited resources than men. more

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UNDP Annual Report 2007

"Globalization has fundamentally altered the world economy, creating winners and losers. Reducing inequalities both within and between countries, and building a more inclusive globalization is the most important development challenge of our time."-Kermal Dervis UNDP more

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Quick Entry Points to Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality in Democratic Governance Clusters

This paper explores some of the most common questions on gender, recalls basic obligations for UNDP staff, and develops a human rights-based approach to practical tools for democratic governance practitioners in terms of gender programming.   more

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UNDP Annual Report 2006

With the advent of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the years prior to 2006 had seen UNDP scale up its activities in a major way.  2005 was an important year for the development agenda, with the international community reaffirming its commitment to the MDGs.  Recent years have more

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Measuring Democratic Governance

 By presenting methods for generating pro-poor gender sensitive indicators, this framework assists policy-makers monitor and evaluate democratic governance at the country level. more

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Measuring Democratic Governance

 By presenting methods for generating pro-poor gender sensitive indicators, this framework assists policy-makers monitor and evaluate democratic governance at the country level. more

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Taking Gender Equality Seriously (2006)

There are many success stories throughout UNDP where gender mainstreaming has yielded positive results. The examples in this booklet show that mainstreaming achieves results when resources, capacity, commitment and management support all converge in a strategic area. more

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UNDP Annual Report 2005

In 2005, major funding changes were secured for UNDP, with total resources significantly increasing from US$2.4 billion in 2000 to $4 billion in 2004.  The year 2005 offered world leaders a unique opportunity to take decisive action at the United Nations Summit to review the Millennium more

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En Route to Equality: A Gender Review of National MDG Reports (2005)

This gender review of 78 national MDG reports provides key insights and practical suggestions for effective mainstreaming of gender concerns and tracking of progress under each Goal. more

UNDP Global Programme
2014 to 2017

The Global Programme is the architecture that allows UNDP to provide coherent global policy advice and programme support services, based on country and regional programme experiences and drawing on the pool of evidence, knowledge and expertise gained by UNDP across all development settings.

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Fast Facts
Gender Equality and UNDP

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.

Fast Facts: Gender in Crisis Countries

UNDP works to expand women’s citizenship, participation and leadership, and advance women as decision-makers.

Our work on Women's Empowerment
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Knowledge Exchange
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Teamworks is UNDP's knowledge sharing exchange that allows development professionals to gain and share knowledge

Human Development Data

Human Development Index (HDI) figures are available as part of the Google Public Data Explorer tool.