Women’s Empowerment and Inclusion

India’s poor performance on women’s empowerment and gender equality is reflected in many indicators. In many parts of the country, sex ratio has dropped to fewer than 850 females per 1000 males. India is ranked 132 out of 148 countries on Gender Inequality Index as per the 2013 Global Human Development Report. Women from disadvantaged groups such as Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and minorities in particular face discrimination, exploitation and limited employment opportunities. Our work recognizes that women are by no means a homogenous category. UNDP argues that where development is not ‘engendered’ it is ‘en-dangered’. As a result it is ensured that vulnerable women benefit from all initiatives.

Our Goals

Gender equality and women’s empowerment are central to UNDP’s strategy for achieving the Millennium Development Goals and bringing about transformational change. UNDP works to ensure that women have a real voice in governance institutions at all levels, that they have equal participation in public dialogue and influence the decisions that will determine the future of their families and communities. These strategies are integrated into UNDP’s work on poverty reduction, HIV, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, energy and environment to achieve sustainable human development. more

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Engendered Development

Women’s empowerment and inclusion are central to UNDP’s strategy for achieving the Millennium Development Goals and bringing about transformational change. UNDP works to ensure that women have a real voice in governance institutions at all levels, that they have equal participation in public dialogue and influence the decisions that will determine the future of their families and communities. These strategies are integrated into UNDP’s work on poverty reduction, HIV, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, energy and environment to achieve sustainable human development.

Women and Justice Mechanisms: Protecting Against Violence

Women and Justice Mechanisms: Protecting Against Violence
UNDP India presents snapshots of research underway aimed at strengthening justice mechanisms to address violence against women.

Stories of Change

  • Conceptualizing Inclusive Growth
    Conceptualizing Inclusive Growth

    A two-day consultation organized by the Planning Commission and the UNDP aimed to arrive at a conceptual understanding of inclusive growth and the key determinants ofmore

Projects and Initiatives

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Capacity Development for Local Governance (2008-2012)

In partnership with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India, the project aims to strengthen the capacities of elected representatives and officials, institutions and processes at various levels through training, networking and knowledge sharing. more

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