Women's Empowerment

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UNDP signs agreements with Norway and Ireland to support Democracy Consolidation Projects and Human Rights

Lilongwe - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Governments of Norway and Ireland have signed financing agreements to support democracy consolidation and human rights in Malawi. UNDP Administrator Helen Clark witnessed the signing ceremony while on a three day visit to the more

Rwanda: Women helping lead country’s transformation

The people of Rwanda have been working tirelessly to put their country’s tumultuous past behind them, paving the way towards a more promising future where peace and stability are helping transform the country into one of Africa’s fastest growing economies. Yet in this East African country – more

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New UNDP project zeroes in on gender inequality in Afghanistan

Kabul — On a two-day visit to Afghanistan this week, UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan launched a US$ 30 million project to promote gender equality by improving access to legal services and economic opportunities for women as well as strengthening the Government’s Ministry of Women’s more

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India: Transforming poor rural women into successful business managers

Ten years ago Pushpa Devi Maurya joined a self-help group to make ends meet in the village of Chak Padri in the state of Uttar Pradesh, northern India. Today this 35-year-old mother of two manages the bulk milk chilling centre set up by the milk producers’ company near her village. The centre more

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Women stand up for their rights in the new Republic of South Sudan

Just a few days after independence was declared, the South Sudan Women Lawyers Association (SSWLA) issued a rallying call to supporters of women's rights, demanding greater equality and human rights for the women of South Sudan. The association congratulated President Salva Kiir Mayardit and all more

Homophobic hate crimes on the rise, UN human rights chief warns

Hate crimes against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people are rising around the world, the United Nations human rights chief said today, urging governments to do much more to eliminate discrimination and prejudice based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In a video message more

Human Development Indicators now on Google's Data Explorer

United Nations — Vital international development information is now available on Google via its Public Data Explorer - providing access to key data from 21 years worth of research, including the Human Development Index. “Making this information more accessible through Google gives Internet users more

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Liberia: 1.7 million sign up to vote with UNDP support

Monrovia - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is among national and international agencies that laid the groundwork for the 1.7 million Liberians, almost half of them women, who last month completed registration to vote in upcoming elections. UNDP worked with the peacekeeping UN more

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Benin: Empowering women to protect the coastal lagoon

Benin - Until three years ago, Kindozandji Adovè, a mother of three daughters, had to decide which of her girls she would send to school, as her income from selling oysters was not enough to pay school fees for all of them. Now, thanks to UNDP’s Small Grants Programme, she makes enough money more

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El Salvador: Women in parliament unite on new law against violence

A groundbreaking law aimed at halting high levels of violence against women in El Salvador, the Central American country with the world’s highest rates for murder of women, was officially made public last week following approval five months ago by the overwhelming majority of members of the more

Brazil Carnival highlights anti-poverty goals

Thousands join Eva in Salvador to celebrate Carnival and to raise awareness about the MDGs. (Photo: Eva)Salvador, Brazil - One of the most famous acts of the annual Carnival in Brazil this year dedicated itself to raising awareness about anti-poverty goals among thousands of people in Salvador, more

UNDP chief tweets for women

New York - UNDP chief Helen Clark celebrated International Women’s Day with a live Twitter chat from UNDP headquarters today in New York City. “I can think of no better way to spark conversations around the globe on ending gender inequality than through the dynamic use of social more

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UNDP help Lebanese women in conflict-worn communities

Beirut - More than 40 women’s cooperatives have formed small businesses across Lebanon to revitalize communities that were economically devastated by the 34-day conflict with Israel in 2006. Focusing on the well-being of women and wider communities in areas of Lebanon where some live on incomes as more

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2014 to 2017

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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.

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