In-depth: Women's Empowerment

Women's Empowerment
Over 500 women entrepreneurs from the provinces of Balkh, Bamyan, Herat, and Nangharhar improved their business’ prospects and established market linkages after attending trainings and exhibits, both locally and in Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan, with GEP-II support. Photo: UNDP Afghanistan / GEP II / Anusha

Despite huge improvements since the end of the Taliban regime, women still face widespread discrimination and human rights abuses. Women are largely restricted to low-paid, unregulated employment, harassment is widespread, political participation and educational opportunities are limited, and women face numerous obstacles to getting fair treatment from the justice system.

 

UNDP works with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and other government bodies to implement key commitments on gender equality, gender mainstreaming and women’s rights. This includes capacity building for government and other staff and assistance in monitoring progress against gender benchmarks.

 

We aim to ensure that women actively participate in government, including in leadership positions. This means women are fully involved in the peace and reconciliation processes, in planning and budgeting, and in delivering and receiving services appropriate to their needs, both at the national level and also in subnational institutions, which play a key role in implementing the government’s gender commitments.

 

Through training and policy improvements, we empower women to join the labour force in secure jobs with decent pay. We support health services, particularly for rural women. We advocate for women’s rights and support increased educational opportunities. And we run programmes to reduce violence against women, to ensure that women are able to report crimes, and to build the capacity and motivation of the police and judiciary to register and resolve gender abuses.  


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