Women's Empowerment

UNDP focuses on gender equality and women’s empowerment not only as human rights, but also because they are a pathway to achieving the Millennium Development Goals and sustainable development.

Our Goals

UNDP coordinates global and national efforts to integrate gender equality and women’s empowerment into poverty reduction, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, and environment and sustainable development. Through our global network, we work to ensure that women have a real voice in all governance institutions, from the judiciary to the civil service, as well as in the private sector and civil society, so they can participate equally with men in public dialogue and decision-making and influence the decisions that will determine the future of their families and countries.

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Facts & figures

Across Latin America and the Caribbean UNDP sponsors a certification programme that encourages public and private companies to boost gender equality in workplaces: 1,700 firms in 12 countries have qualified by meeting programme standards on hiring and workplace practices.

Our stories

  • UNDP in Georgia

    A clean start in Georgia
    UNDP in Georgia

    Starting her own cleaning business was challenging for Tika Vetriakova, 29, a young entrepreneur from Georgia. She began with a mere 5 workers. Today, with UNDP’sMore

Projects and Initiatives

The Global Gender and Economic Policy Management Initiative (GEPMI)

The Global Gender and Economic Policy Management Initiative (GEPMI)

The Global Gender and Economic Policy Management Initiative (GEPMI) is a comprehensive capacity development and policy advisory services programme that aims to accelerate achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by making economic policies and poverty reduction strategies deliver results equitably to women and men, girls and boys. more

UNite to End Violence Against Women

UNite to End Violence Against Women

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign aims to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls in all parts of the world. more

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