Gender equality


In the Europe and Central Asia region, significant gender inequalities remain, particularly when it comes to decent work and income, political participation, access to resources and services, and the distribution of unpaid domestic and care work. Women also experience widespread violence and discrimination. At the same time, gender stereotypes are pervasive, limiting the potential of 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 work with governments, parliaments and women’s organizations to advance women’s participation in politics, governance and the economy. We build the skills and knowledge of women and men to increase resilience to 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 25.2% 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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