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  •  Tackling women’s unemployment in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Initiative financed by the European Union strengthens the cooperation between civil society organizations and local authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to respond to the local needs such as women's unemployment.

  • 10 things we should all know about indigenous people

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a good time for all of us to consider why it’s important to protect indigenous peoples’ rights.

  • A champion for domestic violence survivors in Montenegro

    Kaca Djurickovic is a gender programme manager working on women’s empowerment and gender mainstreaming initiatives with UNDP in Montenegro.

  • A force to be reckoned with

    Rafilia Bakirova, the director of the Orenburg Reserve, is a force to be reckoned with. Of the 100 reserve directors in Russia, only 6 are women – and managing 5 different sites, Rafilia is the only female reserve director who works in a non-contiguous reserve.

  • A future in politics for women in Algeria

    A UNDP project helps locally elected women build knowledge and skills in participatory democracy, working with civil society and public service management.

  • A historic milestone against sexual slavery as an act of war

    Through its Programme to Accompany Transitional Justice (PAJUST), UNDP supports victims´ rights to truth, justice and reparations, especially for indigenous women.

  • A home lost, found again

    The conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian military has killed 20,000 people and displaced another 2 million. In February 2017, UNDP and Borno’s Ministry of Reconstruction, Resettlement and Rehabilitation started stabilizing Ngwom, clearing destroyed buildings or rehabilitation of houses and basic infrastructure.

  • A new window of hope in Sudan

    Communities in Sudan are working to make their livelihoods more sustainable, and empowering women to help their communities become less vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

  • Access to Justice for the vulnerable in Egypt

    A project supported by UNDP helps vulnerable people, particularly women, navigate the country's legal system

  • Afghan police force recruits women to fight crime and stigma

    A programme in Afghanistan is recruiting and training women to join the national police force and increase their security and community participation.

  • Are women and girls more vulnerable to tuberculosis and malaria?

    Are tuberculosis (TB) and malaria still a widespread threat? Popular belief says no. But, in fact, they are still grave health challenges that need more attention, especially in how they are affected by gender. The World Health Organization recently reported that TB now ranks alongside HIV as the leading cause of death from infectious disease. And the disease has a disproportionate effect on women. Today, TB kills more women globally than any other single infectious disease, and more women die annually from TB than from all causes of maternal mortality combined. Some TB symptoms can also affect men and women in profoundly different ways. For example, women have a higher prevalence of genital TB, which is difficult to diagnose and has been identified as an important cause of infertility in settings with high TB incidence.

  • Armed with soap, Guinean women take the fight against Ebola into their own hands

    A thunder of motorbikes, pedestrians and taxis is pushing into Dibida Market, in the centre of Kankan City, in the North of Guinea. A group of women traders is setting up shop, arranging a mobile display of soap. Sunday in this Muslim town is the first day of the working week. People arrive from all the surrounding districts, buyers and sellers crushed in between stalls.

  • Armenia: Heating homes, warming lives

    A modern co-generation system which uses gas to provide both electricity and heat, was piloted in Yerevan with funding from a new public-private partnership.

  • Armenian women find the recipe for success in local politics

    A joint EU-UNDP Women in Local Democracy project helps women in Armenia to participate more actively in governing their communities.

  • Armenian women take the political stage

    In the small village of Getik, Arpine Gyulumyan runs a bed and breakfast with her family. But she is also an engineer, a social worker, and a community council member.

  • Art serves as a meeting point for youth affected by conflict

    “Shatila: The Meeting Point” festival was organized with the support of the UNDP Peace Building in Lebanon project, which aims to reinforce stability and social cohesion by addressing the root causes of conflict.

  • As rivers dry up, Swaziland builds dams to harvest water

    In Swaziland, a project has created a local water development committee and built sand dams and rainwater harvesting systems to increase access to water.

  • Asia needs more of the 'fair sex' on political front | Ajay Chhibber

    The political empowerment of women is critical to human development and to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Worldwide, women continue to be under-represented in national parliaments, occupying less than 20% of seats and accounting for just 18% of government ministers.

  • The Report makes it clear that achieving gender equality promotes human development—not only for women, but for whole societies, and is central to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

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