Gender equality

In order to empower women and support their autonomy—physically, politically and economically—it is crucial that public policies, projects, legal frameworks and regulations have a “gender lens", taking women and men’s different needs into consideration to tailor more effective responses.

Our goals

Despite all the progress, women in Latin America and the Caribbean continue to face discrimination in access to work, economic assets and participation in private and public decision-making—particularly those in poor communities and rural areas. While poverty decreased globally—also in the region— the ratio of women to men in poor households in the region increased from 108 women for every 100 men in 1997 to 117 women for every 100 men in 2012, according to the UN Secretary General’s Millennium Development Goal Report 2015.

By promoting gender equality and empowering women as agents of change and leaders in the development processes that shape their lives, UNDP envisages a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient world. Photo: UNDP in Guatemalamore

Our stories

UNDP in Guayana
Suriname: Boosting women participation in Parliament district by district

With support from UNDP and the national Parliament a total of 17 female politicians from different political parties were trained and equipped to mount public campaigns. more 

UNDP in Haiti
Through small businesses, Haitian women anchor economic reboot

Nearly 1,000 women have completed vocational and professional training.more 

UNDP in Nicaragua
Nicaragua: Victims of sexual violence advocate on behalf of other victims

Around 880 civil servants were trained on prevention and care for the victims, and close to 150 women's police units were created by the government.more 

UNDP in El Salvador
Women gain ground in El Salvador’s politics

The training boosted the participation of women in community development associations, organizations and committees.more 

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