Gender Equality & Women's Empowerment


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Gender Equality and Inclusive Growth

UNDP in Armenia works to advance women’s participation in the labour market and their access to economic opportunities through multiple initiatives that promote inclusive growth and equal rights and opportunities for men and women.

Socio-economic projects have been implemented in seven regions of Armenia – Tavush, Shirak, Lori, Aragatsotn, Gegharkunik, Kotayk and Syunik – in areas such as wine production, greenhouse farming and agriculture. These projects supported the creation of full-time jobs and alternative incomes for 416 individuals, 35 percent of whom were women.

In the Berd community in the region of Tavush, 32 women were supported to establish the Berd Women Resource Center Foundation. Among other activities, the center focuses on establishing alternative income-generating schemes for women, particularly agribusiness and green jobs.

Gender Equality and Democratic Governance

One of UNDP’s core strategies to promote women’s empowerment is by working to increase their representation and participation in decision-making processes at all levels. UNDP is committed to help create a critical mass of women leaders at the local level, with a target of 20 percent elected women as community heads and local council members by the end of 2020.

UNDP also aims to scale up the innovative models of citizen engagement in decision-making at the local level and support the institutional framework and policy reform processes necessary for advancing gender equality. Moreover, UNDP is engaged in fostering broader capacity on the ground for more gender-responsive results through its projects on human rights and open government.

UNDP’s Women in Local Development (WILD) project works at the intersection of women’s and youth empowerment, and local governance. The project has introduced mechanisms to promote women’s representation in decision-making and increased public awareness to advance women’s leadership. During the 2016 local elections, there was a 24 percent increase in the number of women elected as local councilors compared to 2012. 173 of the 500 women candidates that were elected had been involved in the WILD project.

Gender Equality and Environmental Resilience

UNDP prioritizes mainstreaming gender equality in its projects dedicated to environmental sustainability, resilience building, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and the green economy.

UNDP promotes gender-responsive development changes on the ground, focusing on including gender equality principles in disaster and climate risk reduction policies, plans and budgetary frameworks. It also promotes the collection and analysis of disaggregated data to assess disaster risk from a gender perspective.

Ending Sexual Harassment and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in UNDP

UNDP is committed to having the strongest possible policies and procedures in place to protect its personnel from all forms of workplace harassment. UNDP in Armenia is therefore implementing a serious measure to ensure a works place culture whereby sexual harassment is not tolerated, perpetrators find it very hard to engage in sexual harassment, and victims feel safe and protected to report it and be sure that action will be taken. Examples include running awareness raising trainings, strengthening the accountability of manager, and appointing focal points from whom UNDP personnel can seek advice and support. Please check out our new policy on harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, and Abuse of Authority for more information. More information is also available here

UNDP Silver Gender Equality Seal

In 2017, UNDP in Armenia was awarded the Silver Gender Equality Seal, a certification that recognizes the achievements of UNDP Country Offices in mainstreaming gender equality into all their programmes and projects and delivering transformational gender equality results. 

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