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  • Despite rain and security challenges in many parts of the country, Afghans went to the polls on 5th April in Presidential and Provincial Council elections. The election marks the first time in Afghanistan’s history that power is handed from one democratically elected government to another.

  • With UNDP support, Penang became the first State in Malaysia to adopt gender-responsive budgeting in 2012.

  • Kamla and Seravina are part of a group of women market vendors in the small rural town of Rakiraki in Fiji who are now doing business differently.

  • In the recent parliamentary elections, the number of women in Mongolia’s parliament jumped to 17.1 per cent from 14.5 per cent previously, with 13 out of 76 female parliamentarians.

  • For the first time in the Pacific a disaster recovery initiative that was tailored primarily for women was launched. UNDP and AusAID jointly funded a cash-for-work programme to assist in restoring the livelihoods of the flood-affected market vendors and help them get back on their feet.

  • Meet Colonel Jamila Bayaz. She runs one of Kabul’s most important police districts which includes the presidential palace and central bank. And she's shining a light on a new generation of reforms that will make law enforcement agencies more accessible and friendly to Afghanistan's women.

  • Pacific island countries have the lowest number of female parliamentarians in the world. The Federated States of Micronesia and Vanuatu have no women in Parliament, and as at July 2013 Nauru, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga and Marshall Islands had each only one female parliamentarian. This situation is despite the considerable work that has been done to raise awareness with policymakers about the need for temporary special measures to promote women’s representation.

  • 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 take her to Naivuvuni, a landing where a boat she owns docks at, to collect fish caught during the week.

  • Cooking is essential–and what you cook with, too. In Cambodia, women entrepreneurs are taking up cookstove production, making hundreds of improved cookstoves every month, reducing their wood consumption and increasing their income.

  • As vote counting got underway in the world’s third-largest democracy, 490 female politicians who benefited from training under UNDP’s ‘Strengthening Women's Participation and Representation in Governance in Indonesia’s (SWARGA) project have their sights on a new day for women in politics.

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