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  • Rakiraki women vendors model show need for scaling-up women’s economic empowerment Rakiraki women vendors model show need for scaling-up women’s economic empowerment Mar 5, 2015It’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.

  • Afghan youth vote in historic electionsAfghan youth vote in historic electionsApr 15, 2014Despite 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.

  • Women parliamentarian candidates in Indonesia eye historic record  Women parliamentarian candidates in Indonesia eye historic record Apr 15, 2014As 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.

  • Making policing count for women in AfghanistanMaking policing count for women in AfghanistanApr 1, 2014Meet 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.

  • Budgeting to bring better lives for allBudgeting to bring better lives for allMar 7, 2014With UNDP support, Penang became the first State in Malaysia to adopt gender-responsive budgeting in 2012.

  • Flood recovery programme in Fiji targets women and brings results for everyoneFlood recovery programme in Fiji targets women and brings results for everyoneOct 29, 2013For 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.

  • Women entrepreneurs in Cambodia embracing green growthWomen entrepreneurs in Cambodia embracing green growthOct 16, 2013Cooking 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.

  • Mock or Practice Parliaments Help Put More Pacific Women in the HouseMock or Practice Parliaments Help Put More Pacific Women in the HouseSep 5, 2013Pacific 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. During 2011 and 2012, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and the UNDP Pacific Centre tried a novel approach to build the capacity of women candidates by running the first ever Mock Parliaments for Women in the Pacific.

  • Rural Women Bringing Peace in Papua New GuineaRural Women Bringing Peace in Papua New GuineaSep 5, 2013Education, commitment, sacrifice and full participation in the daily life of her community is the recipe for Lilly Be’Soer’s success as a leader. Lilly recently brought about a peace agreement in a Papua New Guinea Highlands community which had been in conflict for the past four years, and in which four previous attempts to bring peace had been unsuccessful.

  • Promoting women’s leadership for peace in AsiaPromoting women’s leadership for peace in AsiaSep 5, 2013Women are often at the front lines of conflict and the hardest hit by war, yet their contributions towards building peace rarely make the headlines. The N-Peace Awards shine a light on women who demonstrate leadership in building peace and empowering their communities, profiling peace advocates from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Nepal, Afghanistan and the Philippines.

  • Cash and Confidence for Women Market VendorsCash and Confidence for Women Market VendorsSep 5, 2013Kamla 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.

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