Gender Equality


Women in Ethiopia play a major role as food producers and processors. When communities are faced with resource scarcity it is predominantly women smallholders that bear the brunt.


UNDP Gender Equality Strategy 

UNDP’s Gender Equality Strategy 2022-2025, aligned with its Strategic Plan, guides UNDP in its efforts to assist countries in accelerating progress on gender equality and the empowerment of women over the next four years. It aims to move beyond piecemeal efforts and to instead help countries to shift power structures and the economic, social, and political systems that perpetuate discrimination. (Download strategy document)



UNDP recognizes that gender equality is a fundamental human right and a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world. Gender equality is therefore central to UNDP’s interventions to achieve the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as other commitments agreed upon by the UN Member States. To fulfil its commitment at the national level, UNDP Ethiopia developed a Gender Equality Strategy (GES) for the period of 2022-2025 which guides the country office on mainstreaming gender equality and women empowerment within the framework of the Country Program Document - CPD (2020-2025). The gender strategy identifies priority areas and provides entry points for gender mainstreaming in each of the CPD priorities to support national efforts to attain transformative results. It also draws on the lessons learned from the implementation of the organization’s previous Gender Equality Strategy (2018-2021) and builds upon the institutional policies and practices the organization has put in place. 

In line with the Gender Equality Strategy and to convene the premises of this strategy, UNDP Ethiopia CO is enrolled in the 2021/23 round UNDP corporate Gender Equality Seal Certification to deliver transformational gender equality results in the country program. Accordingly, the CO has developed a Gender Equality Seal Action Plan (GESAP) to be implemented in 2021/22. 

National Statistics on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment  

Articles/Speeches/Press releases/publications

Supporting survivors of SGBV in conflict-affected areas 

Gender analysis for Ethiopia's updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC)

Outcome document - Policy dialogue forum integrated approach to amplifying the voices of women in peacebuilding & reconciliation in Ethiopia 

Policy dialogue on the role of women in peacebuilding and reconciliation in Ethiopia

Dignity kits for women and girls affected by conflict in northern Ethiopia

African youth come together to discuss empowering young women-led organisations

Statement on International Women’s Day - 8 March 2022 

Investing in Court Annexed Mediation

Celebrating Generation Equality

Voices of women from the Horn of Africa's borderlands 

Connecting Ethiopian women entrepreneurs to the export market

UN 2019 Women Run highlights women leadership 

Denmark partners with UNDP and UNWomen on gender equality 

Canada provides 5.8 million USD in grant to support Ethiopia's women entrepreneurs 

Joint UN programme on gender equality and women empowerment 



Assessment on the Role of Women in Peace and Reconciliation in Oromia and Somali Regional States (publication)

A Study on Women in Manufacturing in Ethiopia  (publication)


In 2018 UNDP led a joint UN communication group initiative that worked with a leading local female artist and produce a music video on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment

Developing Regional States in Ethiopia