Women's Empowerment

Empowering women is key to building a future we want, Nobel laureate says

New York — Empowering women and girls with more choices and more freedoms is crucial to achieving a better future for all, Amartya Sen, Nobel laureate and a founder of UNDP’s Human Development Index, said Thursday. Women agency and freedom are among the crucial means for enhancing more

Japan’s Unicharm Corp. to bring affordable hygiene products to 36 million low-income women

New York/Tokyo —Japanese consumer products giant Unicharm Corp. has pledged to bring affordable hygiene products to 36 million low-income women in the Middle East/North Africa and Asian regions as part of the Business Call to Action (BCtA), a global initiative to reduce poverty and promote more

UNDP and League of Arab States Join Hands for Development in the Arab Region

New York – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the League of Arab States signed today a cooperation agreement, creating a framework for joint work in support of human development across the Arab region.  The partnership, which calls for cooperation on the wide range of more

UNDP calls for the formation of a caucus of women political leaders across party lines

Mass movement of women is critical for Women’s Reservation Bill in India New Delhi -- UNDP has called for the formation of a caucus of women political leaders across party lines to enhance women’s participation within political parties and to advocate for the Women’s Reservation Bill as a more

UNDP puts forward new approach to speed up progress on MDGs

The framework identifies key barriers and practical local solutions             New York —The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) presented today the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Acceleration Framework, an innovative approach designed to help countries more

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Libyans turn out to vote in landmark elections, women’s role lauded

Millions of Libyans went to the polls Sunday to vote in the country’s first free nationwide elections in nearly five decades, to select representatives to the General National Congress (GNC) which will serve as an interim parliament as they draft a new constitution. The 200-seat GNC replaces the more

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Timor-Leste: Bringing out the rural woman vote

By John Fenech, third place of UNDP's storytelling contest Senora Mendonça Côrte-Real, a grandmother from the capital city of Dili in Timor-Leste, is now the country’s oldest registered voter after having finally been given the chance to exercise a democratic vote for the first time at the ripe more

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In Afghanistan, Mullahs use Islam to help women

By Sayed Barez, UNAMA The Government of Afghanistan is tapping mullahs and religious elders to make people aware of the rights women are entitled to in accordance with Islamic Laws through a programme supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The national programme, which is more

UNDP launches new gender study at 15th biennial Anti-Corruption Conference in Brazil

Brasilia -  The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – in partnership with the Huairou Commission (HC) - launched a new gender-themed publication at the 15th biennial International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC), a global forum organized by Transparency International (TI) together more

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UNDP, Liberian President join efforts to support market women

New York - The United Nations Development Programme and a fund that is working to boost the livelihoods of women farmers, traders and wholesalers in Liberia, have unveiled a new video documentary to inspire efforts to support similar women’s groups across the African continent. Supported by UNDP, more

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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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