Gender equality


Empowering women and making gender equality a reality is a core commitment of UNDP. In every country across Asia and the Pacific, pervasive gender inequality remains a barrier to progress, justice and social stability. It also hinders the achievement of development goals. UNDP recognizes that women’s empowerment and gender equality are cross-cutting issues that lie at the heart of human development.

Our Goals

UNDP in Asia and the Pacific supports regional and national efforts to integrate gender equality and women’s empowerment. We are committed to strengthening the capacity of our national partners in Asia and the Pacific to adopt approaches that advance women’s rights and take full account of the many ways women contribute to development. We strive to ensure that women have increased economic control, strengthened political voice and enhanced legal rights.

Empowering Women Economically

Women employed by Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in Rajasthan, India. Photo: Shashank Jayaprasad/UNDP Indiamore

Our Stories

A woman waits at the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association office in Herat to seek legal aid for her case. Photo: UNDP Afghanistan
Afghanistan: UNDP boosts legal representation for women, children and the poor in Herat

The Legal Aid Grant Facility (LAGF), established in 2014 as part of a partnership between AIBA, UNDP’s Justice and Human Rights in Afghanistan (JHRA) project and the Ministry of Justice, has mobilized defence lawyers to represent 189 women, children and indigent men in Herat. more 

Varanisese Maisamoa weights the fish caught during the week (Photo: Sheryl Ho/UNDP).
Rakiraki women vendors model show need for scaling-up women’s economic empowerment

It’s a Thursday morning in the small bustling rural town of Rakiraki and Varanisese Maisamoa is waiting for a bus with two ice boxes to takemore 

Our Perspectives

  • In Nepal, social media games battle gender stereotypes

    Across South Asia, and in Nepal in particular, despite major strides in women’s economic empowerment in the past decade, gender stereotypes, domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence still continue to cripple society.more 

  • The way to stop violence against women and girls

    An average of 1 in 3 women across the world suffer from violence at the hands of a partner, in their lifetime. Gender-based violence (GBV) disproportionately affects lower and middle income countries, poorer regions within these countries more 

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