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Towards achieving gender equality

UNDP is committed to making gender equality, a basic human right and a necessity for a sustainable world, a reality. Women's empowerment and gender equality are vital to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which envisions a world “of universal respect for human rights and human dignity” in which “every woman and girl enjoys full gender equality and all legal, social and economic barriers to their empowerment have been removed.”  

It is vital to give women equal rights land and property, sexual and reproductive health, and to technology and the internet. Today there are more women in public office than ever before, but encouraging more women leaders will help achieve greater gender equality.


The UNDP offer on gender equality: directions of change

Across its programmes, and driven by national development choices, UNDP pursues three directions of change. All three reinforce each other and are fundamental to gender equality.

UNDP gender equality strategy, 2022-2025


Structural transformation UNDP will work with countries to shift the underlying systems and power structures that determine development. Linking issues and partners, asking questions and holding difficult conversations helps development build on a foundation of gender equality and inclusion. In this regard, UNDP can serve as a convener and advocate as much as, if not more than, a programme provider.

Leaving no one behind responds to the will of governments to ‘reach the furthest behind first’ and is rooted in human rights and principles of equality and non-discrimination. The strategy includes a focus on addressing the multiple and intersecting forms of deprivation, disadvantage, and discrimination. For instance, discrimination against women based on sex and gender is inextricably linked with factors such as race, ethnicity, religion or belief, health, status, age, class, caste, and sexual orientation and identity[1]. Other factors are urbanization, migration and displacement, natural disasters and armed conflicts.

Building resilience by helping countries develop capacities to prevent, mitigate and respond to diverse risks and crises. This depends on fully involving women, on equal terms and at all levels, including in decision-making. UNDP will put gender equality at the centre of resilience-building by diminishing structural obstacles and empowering individuals.

[1] Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, general recommendation no. 28 on the core obligations of States parties under article 2

Achim Steiner UNDP Administrator

"As we enter the Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals, we must shatter longstanding biases and prejudices if we are to achieve gender equality. UNDP is working across the globe every day to ensure that this happens."