Women's Empowerment

South Sudan services must reach women and girls, UNDP chief says

Washington — The world’s newest country has made progress in delivering social services since it declared independence in July, but South Sudan has much work ahead and needs international support, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said.   “Vibrant economies need more

Pakistan: breaking the glass ceiling

By Mehreen Saeed, UNDP PakistanMembers of the Women Parliamentary Caucus in Pakistan.Pakistan has a high rate of women in Parliament compared to other countries in South Asia, with women accounting for 19 percent of representatives in the upper and lower houses. However, women in Pakistan still more

Viet Nam: Small businesses become greener and more efficient

 Traditional coal kiln in the village of Bat Trang, Vietnam: inefficient and highly pollutant.(Photo: UNDP)Small and medium enterprises are a critical part of the rapidly growing Vietnamese economy. However, their inefficient use of energy not only narrows profit margins, but also contributes to more

Veterinary skills help empower women in rural Pakistan

By Shumaila Tariq Photo: UNDP PakistanMuhammad Bibi’s life in the Punjab province of Tehsil Mian Channu, northeastern Pakistan, took a sudden turn when her husband had a heart attack and was unable to work again. She became the sole provider for her six children and her spouse. Having to more

Women entrepreneurs in Burkina Faso

Fatimata Leah Nahini produces a local brand of beer (dolo), which she sells in the market, thus generating a large profit. Since the opening of the Credit Union in Matiakoali, she was able to save money for the first time ever. Photo: Kerstin Gossé/UNDPWithout access to financial resources, more

Empowering women through literacy empowers us all

Photo: UNESCO, Bakary Emmanuel Daou Her story is the story of almost 800 million people. It’s a story about textbooks and teachers that never were. The schools were there for Lourença de Brito. She just couldn’t attend them. At an early age in the archipelago nation of Cape Verde, more

Eritrea reducing maternal death, on track to achieve the MDGs

In the market town of Senafe, in southern Eritrea, Fethawi Berhane has just undergone three days of painful labor and complications during child birth that resulted in the death of her baby.  Despite the best efforts of a traditional birth attendant her child could not be saved.  Luckily Fethawi more

New UN website gives access to real-time financial data

Discharged Maoist Army Combatants, part of the United Nations Peace Fund for Nepal, photo by UNICEF Today, UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan launched the Multi-Donor Trust Fund Office Gateway. For the first time in UN history, UNDP is providing real-time financial transaction data to more

UNDP results in Afghanistan

Over 50 years of experience working in Afghanistan, through crisis and peace.During these years, UNDP's mission has been one of building, rebuilding and improving both physical and institutional infrastructure.Since the 2001 Bonn Conference, UNDP has provided assistance in support of the more

Tackling the costs of gender inequality to Africa's development

A young businesswoman in suit with her baby strapped to her back walks on the street in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo: UNDP/Stefanie Leigh Plant) The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has teamed up with the African Institute for Economic Development to launch a major programme aimed at more

Violence against women: Breaking the silence

Marily lost her legs in a terrorist attack in Medellin, Colombia. Despite this event she takes care of her 3 children.Violence against women during or after armed conflicts has been reported in every war zone. (Foto: UNDP/Hector Hernan Vanegas Ochoa) The International Day for the Elimination more

Burkina Faso to pursue its work to alleviate poverty

The platforms plays an essential role in alleviating poverty by liberating women from their long, arduous daily duties. Photo: UNDP The Government of Burkina Faso has decided to continue the experimental National Multifunctional Platform Program supported by the UNDP which began in 2000. The new more

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Empowering single mothers in Malaysia

Single mothers in Malaysia face many challenges, but those living in poverty face plenty more. In addition to the financial challenges and the responsibilities of being the sole providers for their children, the majority of single mothers – particularly in rural areas – lack education and more

Peru: Health in Andes gets boost from cleaner cooking

Lima - A partnership to help clean up air and reduce waste from cooking fuels in households of the Peruvian Andes has contributed to dramatic improvements in family health, according to an impact survey completed earlier this year.The initiative, called “Sembrando”, led by Peruvian more

India: public-private partnership helps women change rules

Women clamor to sign the Women’s Empowerment Charter in Sant Ravidas Nagar, eastern Uttar Pradesh, India. © Niklas Hallen, UNDP India A public-private initiative setting up self-help groups among rural women in one of India’s poorest and most populous states has created a dramatic more

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