Strengthening women’s networks: A central place in the new UNDP gender equality strategy 2014-2017
Editorial by Charles Chauvel, Advisor for Parliamentary Development, UNDP
As an implementing partner of iKNOW Politics, UNDP calls attention to its newly-adopted gender equality strategy for the period 2014-2017. The strategy seeks to ensure that gender equality and women’s empowerment are integrated into every aspect of UNDP’s work to support countries in eradicating poverty and reducing inequalities and exclusion. You can read the full report here.
Are measures in place to increase women’s participation in decision making?
Support to increase women’s participation in decision-making has a central place in the strategic plan, through advocacy, policy and legal reforms to accelerate the equal participation of women, including young women and marginalized groups, in decision-making across all branches of government. This includes promoting women’s participation as voters and candidates in electoral processes; and supporting women’s representation in governance institutions, including constitutional, committees, parliaments, public administrations and the judiciary. UNDP will provide technical assistance to establish or strengthen mechanisms to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in governance processes. This includes providing direct support for gender committees and commissions, and women’s caucuses and networks. UNDP will support women’s leadership and participation in conflict mitigation, mediation and peacebuilding. This will include supporting women’s negotiating capacities, strengthening women’s networks and supporting partners in implementing the United Nations Security Council resolution 1325.
The strategic plan recognizes the central role of building and strengthening networks in order to increase women’s political participation. To deliver according to the requirements of its strategic plan, and to further strengthen women’s political participation, UNDP continues to support iKNOW Politics in connecting women who are committed to reshaping more equal societies.