Women's Empowerment

UNDP provides funding, emotional healing to Peru terrorism victims

UNDP-GEF's funding has assisted displaced survivors of Peru's war against terrorism.Photo: UNDPIn 1984, a group of rural women fled the Andes just as hundreds of thousands of terrified people did. In 2009, their joy of receiving funding from UNDP barely lessens the pain from pairs of eyes that have more

UNDP human development initiatives in the Arab World

Photo: Dominique MarrStudents at Damascus University UNDP directed US$579 million in human development aid to the Arab region in 2008, an increase of 21 percent from the year before in a region that is experiencing a number of conflict and post-conflict recovery situations. Indeed, the bulk of more

Microcredit helps cushion Jamaicans in harsh economic times

Kingston, Jamaica - Rose Marie Gayle received a US$200 micro loan that helped her expand her small business selling sweets, juice and phone cards outside a high school in Kingston.Following a longtime customer’s suggestion, Rose Marie visited the Kingston and St. Andrew Action Forum – a more

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Water access boosts crop production and incomes in Sudan's rural east

Khartoum - More than 1,000 farmers living in northeast Sudan now have increased harvests and income due to water irrigation equipment provided through an initiative managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). In Arabaat, a rural community 30 kilometres west of the coastal city of more

Asia-Pacific women waiting for local leadership roles

While women have reached the pinnacles of leadership in some national governments of the Asia and Pacific region, there is still a long way to go for women’s representation in decision-making roles at lower levels of government, according to a new report released today. The region’s success in more

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Orissa’s women lead the way to safeguard turtles and spur new income

The efforts of a group of Indian women to simultaneously protect endangered sea turtles and boost their local economy were recognized at the 2010 Equator Prize award ceremony, organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the government of the Indian state of Orissa. These more

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Maldives: Football encourages young women to reach for their goals

With their heads held high, 21 young women step out onto the football field. The Maldives Women’s National Football team is ready for kick-off. Their mothers and grandmothers would have never dreamed of playing professional football. But a new initiative, launched in September, 2010, is helping to more

UNDP supports female leaders in Afghan police force

Kabul – Twenty-one police officers wearing headscarves, or hijab, sit in a classroom at the Kabul Police Academy typing into computers, creating organizational diagrams and entering data. They are part of a cadre of trainees working on the last part of a three-month leadership course run by more

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Bangladesh: First woman to supervise country's elections

For the first time in the history of Bangladesh, a woman has overseen municipal elections, ensuring their accordance with electoral laws and providing guidance to presiding officers. Jesime Tuli, who holds more than three decades of experience in the country’s Election Commission, last year managed more

Sudan community farms cultivate food and financial success

As the sun rises and the smell of ginger-infused coffee fills the air, women emerge from their homes and head to a lush green field of abusabean, a crop used as cattle feed. It grows easily and abundantly in Sudan; provided there is enough water.Dressed in vibrant colors of fuchsia, orange and more

Ending violence against women helps achieve development goals

Violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions – in all continents. At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused by an intimate partner in the course of her lifetime. The International Day for the more

UNDP Administrator wraps up visit to DRC

Women work at an income-generating project in Rutshuru in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Photo: UNDP)Kinshasa - Speaking in Kinshasa after wrapping up a four day official visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo, also known as DRC, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark spoke of need for a peace more

UNDP in Bangladesh

For over a decade, UNDP has assisted the Bangladesh Election Commission. This long-term investment resulted in the most transparent and inclusive election in the country's history.Over the past 10 years, Bangladesh has made significant progress in human development and poverty alleviation. But with more

UNDP, UNFPA, Germany promote sexual and reproductive health

Berlin - UNDP Administrator Helen Clark spoke out forcefully today on sexual and reproductive health and development at a forum in Berlin co-hosted by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the German government.“As long as 200 million women in the world have an unmet need for family planning, more

Gender, climate change linked together in Danish torch ceremony

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark received a MDG3 Torch from Danish Minister of Development Cooperation Ulla Toernaes. (photo: UNDP)Women suffer the most from consequences of climate change. Gender issues must be considered as we react to climate changes. Today UNDP Administrator Helen Clark made a more

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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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