International Women's Day

Mar 8, 2012

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

Learn more about UNDP's work to empower women

Our Stories

  • In Somalia’s autonomous Puntland region, poverty and the lack of economic opportunities often force communities to turn to piracy-based incomes to survive.

  • “Women’s Economic Empowerment in Iraq: Integrating Women in the Iraqi Economy” Report, released by UNDP, features stories of 11 remarkable Iraqi women entrepreneurs who managed to break social barriers and venture with successful small businesses.

  • At least forty female officers from the Somali Police Force (SPF) completed a seminar this week to assess the needs of female officers, with the view of improving their work conditions and enhancing their role in the force. The needs and capacity assessment seminar drew officers from all police stations in the Banaadir region was organized by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) with support from UNDP. The seminar aimed to improve service delivery in the SPF through greater involvement of female officers.

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