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.

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. /content/undp/en/home/ourwork/ourstories/costa-rica--apoyan-produccion-responsable-de-la-pina/

Our stories

UNDP in Afghanistan
UNDP in Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Women gain access to clean water

Until recently, women in the village of Jukna, in the remote province of Badghis in western Afghanistan, used to walk four kilometres a day to collectMore 

UNDP in Somalia
UNDP in Somalia

Women's collectives fight for land rights, against corruption

Khadra Hussein Mohammad, 28, made history by becoming Somaliland’s first female National Deputy Prosecutor, dealing with a range of cases including theft, gang-related violence and terrorism.More 

UNDP in Nicaragua
UNDP in Nicaragua

Nicaragua: Victims of sexual violence advocate on behalf of other victims

Ligia Canales, a mother of three living in Managua, was once a victim of domestic violence:   "My former companion used to get drunk, beat meMore 

UNDP in Egypt
UNDP in Egypt

New opportunities for women artisans in Upper Egypt

Shaimaa Abdo El Naggar, 30, lives in Qena, one of Upper Egypt’s poorest governorates, with low income levels, poor infrastructure and lack of social services. LikeMore 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • 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

    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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