International Women's Day

08 Mar 2012

image Women at Diem Arab Centre, Port Sudan, Red Sea State. Photo: Kumar Tiku/UNDP

This year, International Women’s Day focuses on the empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges.

“Invest in rural women. Eliminate discrimination against them in law and in practice. Ensure that policies respond to their needs. Give them equal access to resources. Provide rural women with a role in decision-making.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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Our Stories

A better livelihood for Safiyo

The smile on Safiyo Hassan Jama’s* face reveals her satisfaction at moving up from a casual labourer to a livestock farmer. She is a beneficiary of UNDP’s Area-based Early Recovery for Affected Communities (ABER) project. ”I never would have believed it ─ a healthy milk cow and a calf are great assmore

A dream comes true

 Asha Ali* is a widow and a mother of 6 children aged between 3 and 14. After her husband was killed by a stray bullet two years ago during fighting in Mogadishu, Asha has struggled to raise her children. Asha did odd jobs in the neighbourhood, but they provided barely enough for a meal a day.more

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Building a sustainable democracy in Libya

A year ago, Khadija Baba would not have considered engaging in any independent civil society or political activities in her home town of Tripoli. Not only was such activity forbidden under the former regime in Libya, but it would have likely landed the university student in prison. Now, with supportmore

Statement by UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark
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"Rural women account for nearly half the agricultural labor force and are custodians of traditional knowledge about the land and their local environment.  Backed by small development investments, rural women can lead the way in building food and nutrition security for their families and communities, and thus in building resilience to future extreme weather events."

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