Gender equality

The promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women is central to the mandate of UNDP and intrinsic to its development approach. This effort includes advocating for women’s and girls’ equal rights, combating discriminatory practices and challenging the roles and stereotypes that affect inequalities and exclusion.

Gender equality, centered in human rights, is recognized both as a development goal on its own and as vital to accelerating sustainable development. Unless women and girls are able to fully realize their rights in all spheres of life, human development will not be advanced. UNDP works with partners across the UN system and throughout the world to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, giving special attention for women and girls facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, such as due to ethnicity, disability or migratory or indigenous status. UNDP focuses directly on gender equality and women’s empowerment integrating it into the organization’s three key thematic areas: sustainable development; inclusive and effective democratic governance; and risk prevention and resilience.


By promoting gender equality and empowering women as agents of change and leaders in the development processes that shape their lives, UNDP envisages a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient world.

In addition to improving the lives of individual women and girls, gender equality improves the prospects of families, communities and nations. When gender inequalities are reduced, more children go to school, families are healthier, agricultural productivity improves and incomes increase.

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Our Programmes 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

In Focus
Climate Change and Gender

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Featured Publications
UNDP Gender Equality Strategy

With this Strategy, UNDP is well placed to ensure that gender equality and the empowerment of women are integrated into every aspect of its work to support countries to eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities and exclusion.

Gender Equality, Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability

This publication is a collection of evidence-based papers by scholars and practitioners that explore the interconnections between gender equality and sustainable development across a range of sectors and global development issues

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Social Inclusion of Women:
From Beijing to Post-2015
6 - 8 May 2015
Buenos Aires, Argentina