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.
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
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