Gender equality and democratic governance
Gender equality is a crucial feature of democratic societies. Public institutions have to provide services that advance the human rights of women and men equally and take into account their specific experiences and needs.
Women’s political empowerment is crucial to ensuring decisions are credible and legitimate. When women and men share the power to make decisions and lead, the benefits are felt throughout their communities.
Limited or unequal access to justice and legal services, especially during crises and conflicts, can weaken protections for vulnerable groups. A functional law enforcement and justice system is particularly important in preventing sexual and gender-based violence, which remains a pervasive violation of the fundamental rights of women, girls, and members of LGBTI communities.
UNDP works to advance gender equality in access to justice and governance processes by:
- Improving women's access to justice and legal services;
- Facilitating and advocating for women’s participation in governance institutions;
- Supporting efforts to prevent and combat sexual and gender-based violence.