UNDP Around the world

Women in Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Recovery

 Women's Empowerment in CrisisOn 26 September 2012 in Malha, North Darfur, women attend an Open Day workshop to discuss the principles and progress related to United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. Photo: Sojoud Elgarrai/UNAMID

Women and girls are uniquely and disproportionately affected by armed conflict and disaster. In post conflict and disaster settings, they often suffer from lack of security and are excluded from decision making and participation in economic, social, and political spheres. National laws and judicial systems also remain discriminatory against them. Crisis could provide an opportunity to break down traditional barriers and roles which often limit women’s contribution to society, and “to build back better” where inequality is not perpetuated.

Our Goals

To enhance women’s, political, social and economic empowerment in armed conflict and disaster settings.

  • Works with national governments to develop policies and services that benefit women and men equally
  • Works closely with international and national partners on the UN’s global policy agenda on Women, Peace and Security and support implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325

Our stories

  • Haïti: raising after the storm
    Oct 9, 2016

    Haiti was hit by a category 4 hurricane on 4 October 2016. UNDP was on the ground to help improve the lives of at least one million people in the aftermath of the disaster.

  • #RefugeesWelcome: helping the helpers
    Sep 16, 2016

    There are now more people on the move - 244 million - than at any time since the end of World War II. Communities hosting refugees and the internally displaced are most often in developing countries with few economic opportunities themselves and limited access to health and education.

  • Building resilience and better lives at home
    Sep 16, 2016

    More than 65 million people are now forcibly displaced by violence and conflict around the world, to prevent an even larger crisis, we need enduring answers to address the root causes of displacement and to support communities hosting large numbers of displaced persons.

Projects and Initiatives

  • Averting famine

    Four countries—Yemen, South Sudan, and northern Nigeria—are facing conflict and drought and now approaching famine, with 20 million people near starvation in the worst preventable humanitarian crisis since World War II.

  • Responding to the crisis in Yemen

    Already one of the poorest countries in the Arab region, Yemen’s situation worsened considerably amid escalating armed conflict in 2015. We are helping people get back to work so they can become self-sufficient again, helping restore basic services such as health care, and contributing to peace-building.

  • Response to the crisis in South Sudan

    UNDP in South Sudan continues to operate in spite of the current crisis, supporting national, state and local governments to deliver development services, as well as community security and stabilization for at-risk communities.