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:
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:
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: