Gender and Women's Empowerment
The UNDP global Gender Equality Strategy (2008-2013) is grounded in the premise that the development of equality between men and women, or gender equality is absolutely indivisible from UNDP human development goal of real improvements in people’s lives and the choices and opportunities open to them. Guided by the Gender Equality Strategy, UNDP in Zambia contributes to the attainment of the country’s vision of integrating gender equity and equality in the socio-economic development process by 2030.
In this regard, UNDP has played a role in advocating for gender equity and equality as well as empowerment of women and girls. This is done through a two-pronged approach (i) support to the Ministry of Gender and Child Development, as the key government institution for creating an enabling environment for promotion of gender equality and women’s rights and (ii) Civil Society Organizations, which advocate for gender equality and rights of women.
The Gender Unit in UNDP Zambia has supported the development of two programmes on gender. These are the UN Joint Programme on Gender Based Violence and the Programme for the Promotion and protection of Women’s and Children’s Rights in Zambia.
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;
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.
The key national partners in the programme include: Ministry of Justice; Zambia Law Development Commission; Cabinet Office (PAC and PSMD); Priority Government institutions. (Ministry of Land, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Justice, Local Government, Ministry of Health ,Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Home Affairs); Office of the Auditor General; House of Chiefs; Political parties; Parliamentarians; CSOs and other non state actors.