Women's Empowerment


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 the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). UNDP recognizes that women’s empowerment and gender equality are cross-cutting issues that lie at the heart of human development.More

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.More

Empowering Women Economically

Red Dao women from a village in Viet Nam attend training sessions in tourism, English, sanitation and food safety. One year later, Ly Man May (second from the left) would invite tourists to her homestay. Photo credit: Chris Carnovale/UNDP Picture This

Our Stories

  • Voting site set up at the Jalan Sungai flats in Penang, Malaysia. Photo: Penang Women’s Development Corporation

    Budgeting to bring better lives for all

    Government planning, programming and budgeting that recognize and respond to the different needs of women and men, girls and boys, bring better lives for all throughmore