Women's Empowerment

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UNDP Annual Report 2004

The year 2003 marked an important milestone for UNDP. For the first time, total resources exceeded US $3 billion, an eloquent testimony of the support and confidence the organization enjoyed from donors and programme countries after four years of rigorous reforms. This report discusses the strong more

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UNDP Annual Report 2003

For the international community—and the United Nations system—2002 was a time of enormous challenges. We witnessed the relentless spread of HIV/AIDS and other diseases worldwide, the appearance of new conflicts and famine in Africa, renewed instability in some democracies in Latin America, and more

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UNDP Annual Report 2002

For the international community—and the United Nations system—2002 was a time of enormous challenges. We witnessed the relentless spread of HIV/AIDS and other diseases worldwide, the appearance of new conflicts and famine in Africa, renewed instability in some democracies in Latin America, and more

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Annual Report 2001

The UNDP of the 21st Century is now focusing much less on traditional project work.  We have sharply narrowed our primary policy focuses to six thematic practice areas, selected because of developing country demand: poverty reduction, democratic governance, sustainable energy and the more

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Gender Approaches in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations

This manual was compiled during a seminar held in Rome from 2-6 April 2001. The seminar was organized by the UNDP and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and included participants from variousItalian NGOs and UN agencies directly involved in emergency, crisisresponse and recovery operations. more

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Process and Advocacy Skills

This Information Pack is a basic resource on the use of Process and Advocacy Skills for gender mainstreaming. It is intended for both the interested reader and for use in a training setting. more

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SADC Regional Development Report 2000

The Regional Human Development Reports serve as an advocacy tool to advance the development of a common approach to the national and regional dimensions of governance in the SADC Bloc. This report examines the state of human development in the SADC region and highlights common governance issues, as more

Asia: Women with HIV face discrimination and lack legal protection

Port Moresby – HIV-positive women in Papua New Guinea, India and the Philippines face growing stigma and discrimination, and are inadequately protected by legal or social safety nets, according to a series of consultations by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).A brief paper more

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Sri Lankan women embrace leadership

K. Lalith Kulanayake recently became the first woman to serve in her local government. Kulanayake lives in a region of Sri Lanka where female political participation is among the lowest in the country. Yet, she is determined to serve her community, particularly the women, who are often more

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Kenya: Preparing women for leadership

As Kenya prepares for the general election in March 2013, UNDP is equipping women with critical skills to help them run for office. Women remain underrepresented in political leadership positions in Kenya despite Constitutional quotas, with women’s political representation standing at 9.8 percent more

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More water, better lives for Sudanese farmers

Until recently, farmers in northeast Sudan used to rely solely on rainfall for their subsistence crops, despite fertile land and groundwater close to the surface. “There is a big difference now,” said Aisha Sharief, who heads a farm run by women in the rural community of Arabaat. “Nowadays we have more

Asian women peace activists honored for their work in the frontlines of conflict

Manila – Women peace activists from six conflict-affected countries in Asia received top honors today in a ceremony presided by President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines, with a message of support  from Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee of Liberia . Eight women and one man more

UNDP offers six-point plan to fast-track women in politics in Asia-Pacific

Bangkok - It will take 50 years for gender balance to be achieved in Asia-Pacific national legislatures if the increase in women’s participation in parliaments remains at the current pace, says a UN Development Programme (UNDP) study released this week. Economic progress will be limited without more

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Women leaders are key to Afghanistan’s progress, says UNDP

Kabul– Women’s empowerment and full participation in the future of Afghanistan was top of the agenda during a visit to the country this week by Rebeca Grynspan, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Associate Administrator. Grynspan’s first stop was at the 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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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.