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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Focus on women

With the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) around the corner, International Women’s Day is also an opportunity to review the challenges and achievements in the MDG implementation for women and girls, as the Commission on the Status of Women will be doing from 10 to 21 March 2014. more

Our Stories

  • With UNDP's support, Luru-Dashima scarves have reached the world market

    China: Mosuo women artisans reach world market
    With UNDP's support, Luru-Dashima scarves have reached the world market

    Luru-Dashima, a female artisan from the Mosuo community in southwest China, never imagined her hand-woven scarves would sit atop shiny shelves in Singapore. More

  • Ludmila Abramciuc is the first ever woman to head a renewable energy company in Moldova

    Women fuel success in Moldova
    Ludmila Abramciuc is the first ever woman to head a renewable energy company in Moldova

    Through assistance from the Energy and Biomass Project, as well as the Energy Efficiency Agency, Ludmila’s business has recently increased its output threefold More

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  • Women working in cultivating wild sage, a medicinal and aromatic plant - Akkar North Lebanon

    Lebanon: harvesting wild sage in Mejdel Akkar
    women working in cultivating wild sage, a medicinal and aromatic plant - Akkar North Lebanon

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

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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