Women's Empowerment


South Africa has an inclusive Constitution that protects the rights of all, accompanied with a statutory and policy architecture for gender empowerment and equality. However, despite the enabling policies and laws there is still a large challenge in ensuring that the legal and regulatory frameworks that have been put in place are effectively implemented, enforced, monitored and evaluated. more

Our Support

The purpose of the UNDP gender equality and women’s empowerment programme is to support the Government of South Africa and Civil Society organisations in achieving gender equality and promoting women's empowerment in the economic and social spheres. UNDP focuses on gender equality and women’s empowerment not only as human rights issues, but also because they are a pathway to achieving the Millennium Development Goals and sustainable development. more

Women Economic Empowernment

Mrs. Graça Machel addressing participants in the 3rd African Women's Economic Summit in Lusaka, Zambia in July 2014.more

Our Stories

SA calls for advanced women participation

South Africa celebrated this year's International Women's Day with calls for African leaders to advance women's participation in politics and empowering them economically.more 

Tackling poverty by growing SMEs – UNDP South Africa

The overall objective of this programme was to provide strategic support to government policies, processes and programmes on the transformational agenda for the achievement of gender equality and an equitable South African society (Gender equitable transformation). more 

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