In a student hostel in Jalalabad, Afghanistan something extraordinary is taking place. A young woman sits on her hostel bed, bent over a textbook. This is Abida, and she is training to be a nurse in a country where most women haven't finished primary school.
A biodiversity project in Afghanistan works with residents of the park on interventions that address immediate needs but also the long-term future of Band-e-Amir and Afghanistan’s other vulnerable areas of natural importance.
There is no shortage of water on the planet. More than two-thirds of the earth’s surface is covered in the stuff. But 97 percent of this is salty ocean water. The remaining freshwater is mostly found in the form of ice, leaving precious little available for human use.
UNDP, with UN Women and the Government of Argentina, will convene a Global Conference entitled “Women and Social Inclusion: From Beijing to Post-2015,” as part of a year-long series of events commemorating the twentieth Anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action(BPfA).
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 of women as agents of development.