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

  • Ever since Najet Salem was a young design student, she dreamed of two things: reviving the ancient carpet-weaving tradition and empowering the women artisans of her hometown of Gafsa, in southwest Tunisia.

  • On a balmy Wednesday afternoon in the “North Darfur Midwifery Training Centre” in El Fasher, thirty young women listen attentively to Reproductive Health Tutor Hawa Osman Ushak, as she discusses the necessity of sanitation when delivering a baby. The women, dressed in clean white garb, learn in detail every step in the process alongside broader concepts of pre- and post-natal health services. Hygiene plays a key role: sterilization practices are crucial to guarantee that newly born babies are protected from any infection despite the challenging environments where these mothers sometimes have to give birth.

  • Democracy cannot be achieved without women as voters, leaders and candidates during the elections
    Jul 7, 2012

    In marking the International Day of Democracy today, this feature spotlights UNDP’s support to Tunisia in its steady transition to democracy with particular focus on strengthening women’s candidates for the Constituent Assembly elections.

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