Women's Empowerment

Gender equality and the empowerment of women are central to UNDP’s work and mandate, and a mean for attaining sustainable development and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). We work on improving lives of women and their access to social, economic and legal rights. Globally, UNDP supports international and national efforts to mainstream gender and women’s empowerment, making women’s and men’s concerns and experiences an integral dimension into all our areas of work guided by our Gender Equality Strategy. Our premise is that countries will not be able to fulfill their development potential without promoting gender equality. Egypt ranks 130 on the Gender Inequality Index out of 187 countries as per 2014 Human Development Report. While there are some positive trends in gender equality, yet many areas of concern remain. We support national partners to accelerate the progress towards gender equality and empower women.

We contribute to national development results and the reduction of gender disparities, to guarantee that women are present and their voices listened to within governmental institutions, civil society and the private sector, in order to engage them equally in public dialogue and decision-making processes. more

Gender and Poverty Reduction:An overview

Gender equality and women's empowerment is central to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and reducing poverty. Yet, while there are some positive trends in gender equality, there are still many areas of concern. Full and productive employment and decent work remains a challenge for women who are still marginalized in economic activities. Challenges related to labor markets persist; unemployment rate (24% among women), inflexible work arrangements, and business environment that allows self-employed women, access to credit, and care work. The labor market remains a sphere where gender discrimination persists with only 23% of the labor force for women. More

Our Stories

Participants and Organizers group Photo. UNDP/ Abdel Hamid Ezzat

The Other Side of the Story: Engaging Men and Boys as Champions in Combatting Violence against Women

Building on the gained momentum of Egypt’s first innovation camp on violence against women (VAW)— fashioned by UNDP in cooperation with the National Council for Womenmore 

Victims of female genital mutilation make harmful traditional practice a crime

By Ignacio Artaza: June 14th is the National Anti-FGM Day in honor of 12-year-old Bodour Shaker, from Minya, who died on the same date in 2007more 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Employment Creation in Innovative Public Works Programmes

    The program aims to respond to the urgent need to create short term employment and to build capacities and skills of Egyptian unemployed youth especially in rural area in response to the current economic crisis.more 

  • Egypt Network for Integrated Development (ENID)

    The project aims to develop and design effective strategies that address obstacles to vital social and economic development challenges. Its aim is to create a viable process for the identification of problem areas and for the dissemination of solutions to selected national problems in an integrated process.more 

  • Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation and Empowerment of Families

    The Joint Programme builds on the various successes of the first phase “FGM-Free Village Model” and works in an integrated fashion bringing all of the relevant UN Agencies and relevant government counterparts to work together towards a national strategy to combat FGM coupled with a strong family empowerment package to empower families socially and economically.more 

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