Women's Empowerment

World leaders vow to fight poverty at UN Summit

(Photo: UNDP/Luis Pereira) World leaders vowed at the United Nations headquarters in New York to reduce global poverty, two-thirds into the 15-year global plan to achieve the more

Women Count for Peace: UNDP welcomes women activists

In observance of the tenth anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 — the landmark document to ensure women’s peace and security in post-conflict situations —  Open Days on Women, Peace and Security were held in 25 post-conflict countries from June to September 2010. more

Kenya: Rooting women into enterprise

24 women graduated with certificates following a 10 day intensive workshop organised to promote women in business and investment in Kenya through capacity development support.(Photo:UNDP)A Swahili word that means "to prosper", "Fanikisha" sums up the success of a joint project more

Thailand: Breaking the silence on domestic violence

Television personality, constitutional law expert and former Miss Thailand, Khun Areewan has always been a symbol of glamour and inspiration. And, as more people are finding out that she is also a victim of domestic violence, she has become a symbol of defiance and strength.“From a young more

In Turkey, women's empowerment is in fashion

  A cooperative owner and worker prepares garments for Istanbul Fashion Week (Photo: UNDP) In Turkey’s southeast Anatolia region, where only 3 per cent of women are engaged in paid labour, UNDP and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) more

Women struggle for rights as Haiti recovers

The devastating January 12th earthquake hit hard at the Haitian women’s movement, taking the lives of a number of leading activists.  Prior to the earthquake, activists like Anne-Marie Coriolan, Myriam Merlais and Magalie Marcelin were advocating to reform the judiciary and to create an more

Women, peace and security in Africa

Eleven African governments have pledged to ensure an effective regional mechanism to address sexual violence against women and children in a regional event sponsored by UNDP.The Presidents of Burundi, DRC, the Republic of Congo, Namibia, Tanzania and Zambia, as well as Ministers of Great Lakes more

World in crises needs strong multilateral system, says UNDP chief

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark addresses Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA New York   “Providing citizens with better employment opportunities, quality education, and the chance to benefit more from and contribute more meaningfully to their country’s progress and to decisions which have more

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Nepal: New voices speak through People's Constitution

Kathmandu — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a film documenting how the hopes and dreams of women, indigenous and disadvantaged groups in Nepal were fused into the country’s new constitution. ‘Voices from Below: Constitution Making in Nepal’ shows UNDP working with civil more

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Multi-use engines drive empowerment in 1,000 Mali villages

Each night, Koumantou village in southern Mali would to fall into near total darkness. The only light was cast from the restaurant of local businesswoman Kadia Kone.  The scene is repeated throughout rural Sub-Saharan Africa, where 90 percent of the population lacks access to energy. But more

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UNDP Boosts Support for Iraqi People

Baghdad - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced today that it is boosting its partnership with the Government of Iraq and the Iraqi people. "We have tripled the number of our staff based in Iraq to 44 with further increases planned in the next year. Each and every one of more

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UNDP salutes Nobel Laureates

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, compatriot Leymah Gbowee, and Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman were jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peacebuilding work. “We salute the 2011 more

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Mongolia: UNDP chief calls for people-centred sustainable development as country faces mining boom

Ulaanbaatar - United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark traveled 100 kilometres west of Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, today to Hustai National Park to meet with herders, women entrepreneurs, representatives from the national Chamber of Commerce and other beneficiaries more

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