Women's Empowerment

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UNDP steps up Afghan capacity ahead of major transitions

New York -- The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is strengthening its ability to support Afghanistan ahead of the expected withdrawal of international forces. We recognize that we are entering a totally new phase and we need to be prepared for what's coming," UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca more

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Guidebook launched to promote women’s participation in politics

With women underrepresented in high level politics and decision-making the world over, a new Guidebook produced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is showing political parties how they can begin to redress this imbalance by supporting more

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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 income more

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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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Bangladeshi micro-credit model helps empower Zambian women

Just two years ago, Elizabeth Sakala-Banda, a mother of seven in Zambia’s eastern Petauke district, was unemployed and had no way of knowing that an Asian micro-credit scheme could turn her life around, and help put her children through school.  During 2010, Elizabeth and some 829 other women more

UN hosts the world premiere of ‘One Day on Earth’

On 22 April 2012 – Earth Day - the feature length documentary film produced by One Day on Earth will be screened on the same day in over 170 countries worldwide, in collaboration with over 80 UNDP Country Offices. On the same day the New York world premiere will take place in the UN General more

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Sierra Leone: Saturday courts tackle gender-based violence

Freetown, Sierra Leone – Survivors of sex- and gender-based violence in Sierra Leone are having their day in court, as the judiciary now sits on Saturdays in a critical first step towards clearing an estimated 700-case backlog. In the year since their inception in February 2011 the Saturday courts more

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New UNDP documentary shines light on political inequality in Thailand

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Royal Thai Government launched today March 8, International Women’s Day, The Glass Ceiling, a 30-minute documentary which depicts the challenges women face when seeking public office in Thailand, also addressing policy options to improve more

Rio+20
Sustainable Development Summit

What is Rio+20? The 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or “Rio+20” is a forum on how to make sustainable development a reality for seven billion people today, and to define the future we want for nine billion by 2050. Sustainable development is about people. It is about creating jobs more

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Breaking the glass ceiling in India

Women leaders confront gender inequality in India (UNDP INDIA) India has a rich history of women in positions of power, yet the country ranks 129 out of 146 countries on the Gender Inequality Index, and women in India face barriers at all levels in areas such as food insecurity and education. To more

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Rebeca Grynspan: Rural women want what we want

“Rural women want to have the freedom to choose a life that they value”. wrote Rebeca Grynspan, United Nation’s Development Programme (UNDP) Deputy Chief during her Facebook chat on International Women’s Day. At UNDP’s office in New York, Ms. Grynspan replied to live questions coming in from around 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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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.

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