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  • 08 Mar 2015
    Statement by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on International Women's Day 2015

    This week, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which remains the world’s best blueprint for achieving gender equality and empowering women. The review of this visionary roadmap, adopted at the Fourth World Conference for Women in 1995, is an opportunity to celebrate the world’s progress toward ensuring the rights and opportunities of women and girls, and also to renew and reinvigorate commitments to achieve gender equality.

  • 25 Nov 2014
    Secretary-General's Message for 2014 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

    Sexual and gender-based violence is the most extreme form of the global and systemic inequality experienced by women and girls. It knows no geographic, socio-economic or cultural boundaries. Worldwide, one in three women will suffer physical or sexual violence at some point in her life, from rape and domestic violence to harassment at work and bullying on the internet.

  • 15 Oct 2014
    Secretary-General's Message on the International Day of Rural Women

    My mother has lived her whole life in the countryside. Although she did not receive much of a formal education, I grew up appreciating her wisdom, resilience and intelligence. In the course of my subsequent public service, I came to see that these qualities are shared by millions of rural women around the world.

  • 03 Jun 2014
    Through UNDP’s Support, MoWA Recognises Achievements of Pioneers in Support of Afghan Women

    The Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has recognized today the achievements of Afghan women and men as well as organizations which have supported initiatives to provide rights and opportunities for Afghan women and girls over the past twelve years.

  • 08 Mar 2014
    Statement by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on International Women's Day

    This year’s International Women’s Day theme – Equality for Women is Progress for All – states a simple truth. No country will reach its full potential if its female citizens do not enjoy full equality. As the 2015 end date of the Millennium Development Goals nears, and as discussion on the next global development agenda intensifies, there is strong momentum for achieving development with equity, including by eradicating gender inequality and empowering women and girls.

  • 07 Mar 2014
    UN system in Afghanistan recommits to gender equality and women’s empowerment

    Kabul: As the United Nations prepares to celebrate International Women’s Day, which falls on 8 March annually, the UN system in Afghanistan is marking the Day with a recommitment to its efforts to help improve gender equality and women’s empowerment.

  • 16 Dec 2013
    Government of South Korea commits over $ 43 million to improve women’s rights and delivery of basic services in Afghanistan

    Kabul: The Republic of Korea has pledged more than US$43 million for the next three years to support the implementation of projects to improve women’s rights and delivery of basic services in Afghanistan.

  • 02 Dec 2013
    “Religious Leaders’ Support Key to Ensuring Rights For” Women

    Religious scholars representing nearly every province of Afghanistan have voiced their support to propagating the message of Islam on women’s rights and the need for elimination of all forms of violence against women. More than 100 Islamic scholars, including women scholars participated in the three-day workshop on “Analysis of Women’s Rights and Elimination of Violence against Women in Islam.

  • 25 Nov 2013
    Violence against women is not acceptable and can be prevented

    New York – Every year, at least two million women and girls are trafficked into prostitution, forced slavery, and servitude. Up to 60 percent of women experience some form of physical or sexual abuse during their lifetime.

  • 05 Nov 2013
    Afghan Businesswomen Highlight Role of Entrepreneurship in Human Development

    In a first of its kind assembly, over 300 women came together to find solutions for increasing women’s role in businesses and entrepreneurship development in Afghanistan, here today. The assembly of women entrepreneurs was convened by the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) with assistance from the United Nations Development Programme’s Gender Equality Project.

  • 02 Oct 2013
    UNDP and UN Women Join Hands To Launch Online Community on Gender Issues in Afghanistan

    Kabul: Now solutions for any gender practitioners in the country are only a text message away. Solution Exchange Afghanistan’s Community of Practice (CoP) for Gender Equality, an online network of practitioners and professionals working on women’s empowerment, gender equality, and increasing the role of Afghan women in peace building, governance and development, was launched here today by the Community’s co-conveners, UNDP and UN Women in Afghanistan .

  • 17 Sep 2013
    UNDP Supports Gender Training of 35 Faculty Members of Kabul University

    Kabul: The Ministry of Women’s Affairs with assistance from United Nations Development Program’s Gender Equality Project started a training program today for 35 members of Kabul University Faculty, representing almost all the departments of Kabul University including Law and Diplomacy, Language Literature, Journalism, Agriculture, Computer Science, Engineering, Fine Arts, Islamic Studies, Geo Science, Pharmacy, Psychology, Physical Science and Social Science. The two-day workshop is designed to reinforce the capacity of the faculty members for a holistic understanding of gender issues.

  • 31 Aug 2013
    Efforts to Ramp up Gender Responsive Budgeting in Six Ministries

    Kabul: Six ministries of the Government of Afghanistan were the focus of a workshop on implementation of Gender-responsive Budgeting (GRB) that concluded, here today. The workshop was jointly organized by the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs with support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Gender Equality Project (GEP).

  • 21 Aug 2013
    Women Jewelers in the Making in Rural Herat

    Herat: Rural women in Herat in the western edge of Afghanistan will soon find new skills in jewelry design and production can open new vistas for greater income in their hands. With support of the UNDP Gender Equality Project and under the aegis of the Department of Women’s Affairs (DoWA), 20 women from six villages of Enjil District are poised to try their hand at jewelry production.

  • 01 Jul 2013
    Kandahar Women Display Handicrafts, Call for Access to Markets

    A three-day exhibition of local hand-made items recently concluded at the Kandahar Information and Culture department. The exhibition was inaugurated by Kandahar Governor, Dr Toryalai Wesa in the presence of heads of women affairs, information and culture, and other senior provincial dignitaries.

  • 10 Jun 2013
    Afghan Women Participate in Herat Seminar to Boost Women’s Representation in Government

    The Herat Provincial Governor Office and regional office of the Civil Service Commission launched a one day seminar for more than 100 female civil servants and members of civil society to increase the effectiveness of women in government and to support gender mainstreaming across the public service.

  • 20 Feb 2013
    Returnee Afghan Women Reclaim Right to Shelter, Access Basic Services

    Meet Hava. About eight years ago she returned from Iran with her husband and three sons. Reminiscing on the past, Hava says, “We had no means to reclaim our own land and were forced to rent a space with minimum amenities. We were continuously harassed by our landlord for not being able to pay the rent in time”. Just a couple of years back, the family was able to access the assistance for shelter for returnees and internally displaced persons provided by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). In 2012, Hava was able to move into her new home.

  • 04 Feb 2013
    Afghan Civil Servants to be Trained in Inclusive Personnel Development and Admin Reform

    UNDP’s National Institution Building Project (NIBP) is holding a Capacity Development workshop to strengthen inclusive and participatory capacity development, and promote universal UNDP principles among project staff and Afghanistan’s civil servants.

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Results in Focus
UNDP Afghanistan 2013 Annual Report

During 2013, UNDP Afghanistan remained committed to maintaining a close working relationship with Afghanistan’s government and people. It reorganised its work around the areas of inclusive and legitimate politics; sub-national governance and development; rule of law; and the cross-cutting areas of gender, capacity development, and poverty and the environment. In this context, projects were implemented and results achieved in the areas of peacebuilding, rule of law, democratic governance, poverty reduction and livelihoods, and managing resources for sustainability and resilience. For more information, please download the full report. English PDF