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

With UNDP support, 5,000 women have secured land deeds in Gujarat, with thousands more women farmers being aware of their rights and accessing government agriculture and allied schemes. [Photo: Ruhani Kaur/UNDP India]

What's Happening

Dispatch: The Gender Equality Newsletter from Asia Pacific

How are we ensuring that all of our programmes at UNDP are mainstreaming gender equality and women's empowerment? Our bi-annual Gender Equality Dispatch Newsletter will tell you more. more 

A mile in Maiya's shoes

A shoe-making enterprise started with training and support from UNDP’s MEDEP has not just enabled a mother of two to help pull her family back on its feet after the earthquake, but also altered the dynamics within their home—for the better. more 

The Gender Equality Certification Programme for the Private Sector

To close persistent gender gaps in the workplace, the United Nations Development (UNDP), in partnership with national governments and the private sector is developing a Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme. more 

Female Pilot Encourages Afghan Girls to Let Their Dreams Take Flight

Shaesta Waiz, the first Afghan female pilot wants more women, especially from Afghanistan, to be brave and confident and go after STEM careers. more 

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