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INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO PROMOTING
I NNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO PROMOTING WOMEN ’ S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

United Nations Development Programme
304 East 45th Street
New York, NY
www.undp.org/women/

September 2008

ISBN 978-92-1-136228-5

PAPER FOR THE PARTNERSHIP EVENT ON SEPTEMBER 25, 2008: MDG3 – GENDER EQUALITY AND EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN – A PREREQUISITE FOR ACHIEVING ALL MDGs BY 2015

United Nations Development Programme

GOAL 1:
ERADICATE EXTREME POVERTY AND HUNGER

GOAL 2:
ACHIEVE UNIVERSAL PRIMARY EDUCATION

GOAL 3:
PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY AND EMPOWER WOMEN

GOAL 4:
REDUCE CHILD MORTALITY

GOAL 5:
IMPROVE MATERNAL HEALTH

GOAL 6:
COMBAT HIV/AIDS, MALARIA AND OTHER DISEASES

GOAL 7:
ENSURE ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

GOAL 8:
A GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR DEVELOPMENT

INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO PROMOTING

WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
PAPER FOR THE PARTNERSHIP EVENT ON SEPTEMBER 25, 2008:
MDG3 – GENDER EQUALITY AND EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN –
A PREREQUISITE FOR ACHIEVING ALL MDGs BY 2015

NEW YORK, 2008

Copyright © 2008
by the United Nations Development Programme
Bureau for Development Policy (BDP)
304 East 45th street, New York, New York, 10017, USA
Sales No. E.08.III.B.23
ISBN: 978-92-1-126228-5
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission of UNDP/BDP. Reprinted in 2009 by Consolidated Graphics

Cover and layout design: Kimberly Koserowski, First Kiss Creative LLC Photo Credits:
Front Cover top row left to right: Curt Carnemark/World Bank; International Labour Organization/M. Crozet; UN Photo/ Lucien Rajaonina; UN Photo/Martine Perret
Front Cover bottom row left to right: Curt Carnemark/World Bank; Curt Carnemark/World Bank; Curt Carnemark/World Bank; UN Photo/Kay Churnish.
Interior: Page viii, A. Krieger/Still Pictures; Page 2, sinopictures/viewchina/Still Pictures; Page 8, Tran Thi Hoa/World Bank; Page 22, International Labour Organization/M. Crozet; Page 24, IFAD/F. Mattioli; Page 26, IFAD/C. Salazar; Page 32, Shehzad Noorani/World Bank; Page 38, Curt Carnemark/World Bank; Page 40, Shehzad Noorani/World Bank; Page 42, International Labour Organization/ J. Maillard; Page 44, Jean-Léo Dugast/Still Pictures; Page 50, UN Photo/Martine Perret; Page 52, Ron Giling/Still Pictures; Page 56, Sebastian Bolesch/DAS FOTOARCHIV/Still Pictures; Page 58, Trygve Bolstad/Still Pictures; Page 62, Ami Vitale/World Bank; Page 64, Tony Cunningham/Still Pictures; Page 66, Sean Sprague/Still Pictures; Page 68, Joerg Boethling/Still Pictures; Page 70, IFAD/W.S. Lamm; Page 71, Jocelyn Bain Hogg/Stil Pictures; Page 75, UN Photo/Nayan Tara; Page 76, Ray Witlin/World Bank; Page 78, Juan Pablo Moreiras/FFI/Still Pictures; Page 80, Heiko Sprecht/VISUM/Still Pictures; Page 83, M. Rutkiewicz/Still Pictures; Page 90, Shehzad Noorani/Majority World/Still Pictures; Page 96, Alan Gignoux/World Bank; Page 100, Dominic Sansoni/ World Bank; Page 102, Wendy Stone/UNFPA; Page 103, Wendy Stone/UNFPA; Page 106, McPHOTO/Still Pictures. Back Cover left to right: John Isaac/World Bank; International Labour Organization/M. Crozet; Wendy Stone/UNFPA; Stan Constantio/ World Bank.

The analysis and recommendations in this Publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The publication is the product of collaborative effort led by the UNDP, and involving a number of United Nations entities and other partners.

FOREWORD

Denmark’s MDG3 Global Call to Action
promotes gender equality as a basic
human right. But it is also smart
economics. To empower women is
one of the most important driving
forces behind economic growth and
the fight against poverty. Political commitment to
gender equality and empowerment takes more than
words: It takes concrete...
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