Women's participation in decision-making
UNDP works to promote women’s participation and leadership in all forms of decision-making, including in political office constitutional bodies, public administration, the judiciary, the private sector and in local, regional and global fora on climate action, disaster risk reduction, disarmament, conflict prevention, peacebuilding and post-crisis recovery.
To this end, UNDP supports national partners to develop and implement legal and policy reforms to ensure women’s participation in decision-making and implements initiatives to develop women’s capacities to participate and lead, including promoting women’s participation as voters and candidates in electoral processes, supporting women’s representation in governance institutions and other measures to build a conducive environment for women’s political participation. UNDP also works closely with partners, especially UN Women, the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, Inter-Parliamentary Union and regional normative bodies, to advance global norms and national practices to further women’s leadership in politics and public institutions. In addition, UNDP works closely with women’s organizations to support women’s leadership and supports gender equality and women’s leadership in the workplace, including through implementation of the Gender Equality Seal.
Examples of other initiatives include iKNOW Politics, a joint project with International IDEA, the Inter-parliamentary Union and UN Women to increase the participation and effectiveness of women in political life, the Gender Equality in Public Administration (GEPA) programme through which UNDP aims to increase women’s participation and leadership in public institutions in line with SDG5 and SDG16, and Atenea, another joint initiative to accelerate women’s progress in political participation.