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  • Afghan youth vote in historic elections

    The Afghan elections on April 5th saw a massive turnout of 58 percent, mainly youth and women, illustrating the importance of these elections for Afghan people.

  • Afghanistan: Women gain access to clean water

    UNDP is helping women participate in decisions affecting their communities and many are reaping the benefits with cleaner water.

  • All access Afghanistan

    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.

  • 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.

  • Band-e-Amir: Amazing, beauty awesome challenges

    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.

  • Bangladesh: Empowering women to fight poverty

    The story of Shyamola Begum is one personal example of how Bangladesh has slashed its poverty by half.

  • Bangladesh: Transforming life in the slums

    A poverty-reduction programme offers poor urban communities resources, knowledge and skills to increase their income, as well as spaces to mobilise and create community development committees.

  • Breaking the glass ceiling in Pakistan

    Pakistan's Women's Parliamentary Caucus is working to promote gender-sensitive legislation and reform discriminatory laws and practices.

  • Breaking the silence

    UNDP supports and empowers victims of sexual violence in the context of the armed conflict in Colombia.

  • Arab States

    MDG Reports: Arab States Region: Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Morocco, Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.

  • 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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