Gender equality

Equal rights. Equal contributors.

Gender equality, centered in human rights, is both a development goal on its own and a critical factor for achieving sustainable development. It underlies one of the guiding principles of the 2030 Agenda for Development – the concept of 'leaving no one behind'.

UNDP’s Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2021, the third such strategy, provides a road map to elevate and integrate gender equality into all aspects of UNDP's work to reduce poverty, build resilience and achieve peace in communities and territories, helping to accelerate progress towards the 2030 Agenda. UNDP works with partners to eliminate gender inequalities through targeted, gender-focused programmes and by working to ensure that all development efforts take into account the experiences, needs, and contributions of women as well as men. By removing structural barriers to gender equality, eliminating gender-based violence, and promoting women’s participation in the decisions that affect their lives, success in eradicating poverty and inequality, building resilience to disasters, climate change and conflict, and driving sustainable development can be achieved.

UNDP believes that the gender inequalities and discriminatory attitudes and practices that hold women back must be confronted and eliminated, if we are to leave no one behind. In these efforts, UNDP works with governments and key UN partners, including UN Women, UNFPA and UNICEF, international development partners, as well as with civil society organizations, foundations, academia and the private sector. 

Gender equality in Asia and the Pacific

Currently, the Asia-Pacific region’s record on gender equality remains unsatisfactory despite progress in key areas in some countries. Deep-rooted structural inequalities and discriminatory gender stereotypes continue to limit women’s full and equal participation in the social, economic and political sphere.

UNDP in Asia and the Pacific supports national and regional efforts to achieve gender equality and empower women and girls. UNDP is committed to strengthening its engagement with national and regional partners to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs and ensure no one is left behind by integrating gender equality perspectives in all development interventions.

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