Women's Empowerment

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Focus on Women

This year’s theme for International Women's Day, “Equality for women is progress for all” emphasizes how gender equality, empowerment of women, women’s full enjoyment of human rights and the eradication of poverty are essential to economic and social development. It also stresses the vital role ofmore

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 jobsmore

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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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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 incomemore

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Promoting self-empowerment of HIV-positive women in Congo

Léocadie, a widow and a mother of four children, is unable to forget the night when her life was torn apart. "A group of armed men entered our home and raped me in front of my family," she relates between sobs. After an initial test, Léocadie found out that she was HIV positive and fellmore

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Veterinary skills help empower women in rural Pakistan

Muhammad 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. Without warning, she became the sole provider for her six children and her spouse. At the time, the few goats that Bibi's familymore

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Chor Vichara, Cambodia, weaves a better future for herself

The eldest child of a local school teacher and a homemaker, Chor Vichara, 22, dropped out of school at 16 so that her two brothers could pursue their studies. She then went to work at a garment factory in Phnom Penh, 40 kilometres from her home. At the factory she earned about US$70 a month sewingmore

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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UNDP's Annual Report
New Partnerships for Development

Our 2013-2014 Annual Report spotlights results from actions across core dimensions of development, from jobs and food security, to well-run elections, to crisis recovery, to the management of finite natural resources.

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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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Knowledge Exchange
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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.