Promoting gender equality and eradicating gender-based violence

Promoting gender equality and eradicating gender-based violence

Gender equality is a core component of UNDP’s work on HIV, health and development. It is central to the three pillars of UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2014–17: sustainable development pathways, inclusive and effective democratic governance, and resilience-building and in line with UNDP’s Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017.

Furthermore, it underscores the reduction of inequalities and exclusion as central to sustainable human development. As part of the Every Women, Every Child initiative, UNDP is committed to supporting multisectoral efforts to address negative gender norms, prevent sexual and gender-based violence, create enabling legal frameworks for women and girls and promote access to sexual and reproductive health services.

This focus on gender equality is also aligned with UNDP’s role in the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, in which together with UNFPA and UN Women, UNDP jointly convenes inter-agency efforts to meet the HIV-related needs of women and girls and address gender-based violence.

UNDP policy and programme support includes, amongst other things:

  • Working with government, civil society and UN partners to implement the findings and recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law on issues affecting women and girls
  • Supporting gender equality in national health programmes
  • Eliminating discrimination and violence against women and girls
  • Creating enabling legal and policy environments for sexual and reproductive health services, and
  • Eliminating sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian settings.

UNDP provides a leadership role in other gender-related initiatives such as the Global Gender and Economic Policy Management Initiative (GEPMI) which offers policy advisory support and provision of capacity strengthening activities. The initiative includes:

  • A three-week course on Gender-Responsive Economic Policy Management
  • GEPMI- Tailored Country level advisory services and capacity development workshops, and
  • A Master’s of Arts in Gender-Aware Economics.

UNite to End Violence Against Women Campaign is an advocacy campaign that calls on governments, civil society, women’s organizations, men, young people, private sector, the media and the entire UN system to join forces in the goal of ending violence against women through:

  • Adoption and enforcement of national laws that address and punish violence against women and girls
  • Adoption and implementation of multi-sectoral national action plans that emphasize prevention
  • Data collection and analysis systems on the prevalence of violence against women and girls
  • National and/or local campaigns and the engagement of civil society, and
  • Systematic efforts to address sexual violence in conflict situations, war and humanitarian disasters.
Critical Enablers