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Woman in Peru
Violence against women takes myriad forms, including domestic, sexual, gender-based, legal, economic and political.
Nicaraguan girl smiling
Women in Nicaragua face high rates of gender-based violence, with 80% of all reported acts of sexual violence being committed against girls. Tackling the problems of gender, from violence to economic exclusion, must start with the acknowledgement of fundamental human rights.
Girl in Guinea
While Guinea has made progress on gender equality, traditional norms have remained a barrier to women’s ability to express themselves. Establishing gender as a prerequisite to development in political dialogue could help move the agenda forward.
From gender-based violence to social exclusion, there is still a long way to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality and the empowering of women and girls.
Girls education
Globally, 15 million girls of primary school age will never learn to read or write compared to about 10 million boys. What are some ways of ensuring gender equality in education?
Woman being provided with contraceptives
In our first-ever podcast, we look at how one EU-funded programme is attempting to provide 120 million women in developing countries with access to contraceptives.
Woman construction
UNDP’s Gender Equality Seal assists public and private enterprises in ensuring that their workplaces are fair and equitable. The result? A happier, more productive and innovative workforce – with higher rates of women in non-traditional sectors and leadership roles.
Women collecting wood Uganda
The health of Uganda’s wetlands impacts everything from the livelihoods of surrounding communities to rates of gender-based violence. The proper management of this unique ecosystem can help address root causes of conflict while empowering women at the same time.
One of the major impediments to developing programmatic action against micronutrient deficiency among women of reproductive age has been the lack of adequate indicators. MDD-W is an attempt to fill that gap.
ICT can go a long way in promoting gender equality and women empowerment. Winner of an Africa-wide programming contest tells us how she’s tapping into her digital skills to get ahead in the field.

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