Gender equality


In the Europe and Central Asia region, significant inequalities between women and men still remain, particularly when it comes to jobs and income, political participation, access to resources and services, and the distribution of unpaid domestic and care work. Women also experience violence and discrimination on a daily basis. At the same time, gender stereotypes are pervasive, limiting the roles available to women and men and impeding women’s access to opportunities.

Our goals

UNDP incorporates principles of gender equality and women’s empowerment in all its work. We champion inclusive economic development that benefits women and men equally. We engage communities to advance women’s participation in politics and governance. We build up the skills and knowledge of women and men to increase resilience against the impacts of climate change.

We also work with governments, civil society, the private sector, and other UN agencies and international organizations to advocate for women’s equal rights, combat discriminatory legislation and practices, challenge gender roles and stereotypes and put an end to violence against women and girls.


women in parliament

The average number of women in parliament in the region increased from 14.5% to 21.5% between 2006 and 2016. UNDP works with governments, parliaments and civil society to increase women’s political participation and access to decision-making at national and local levels.

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