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WASH our economy - by Venge Nyirongo

Adequate water, sanitation and hygiene – abbreviated as WASH by UNICEF and NGOs working in developing countries – are the underpinning of all successful development. At the center of these three dimensions linked to water inadequacy, we find women and girls, particularly in developing countries. Read more

Request for Proposal (RFP): Women’s economic empowerment in Bangladesh
UN Women and UNDP invite eligible international and national organizations to submit a proposal for evidence-based analysis of women’s economic empowerment to inform a five-year programme in Bangladesh. Deadline for submission is 9 September 2015. Apply
World Export Development Forum
Policymakers, trade support institutions and businesses are invited to meet in Doha in October 2015 to fast track the potential of small and medium-sized enterprises, women and youth. Registrations are open. Apply
2016 Women's Empowerment Principles CEO Leadership Awards
Prestigious awards that recognize business leaders for their exceptional championship of gender equality and innovative concrete actions taken to advance the 7 Women's Empowerment Principles. Nominations are open until 30 October 2015. Read more
Featured Resources

Monitoring progress towards full empowerment of women and girls by 2030

As a result of a wide-range consultation, a new UN Women position paper proposes indicators to effectively monitoring gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls as nations agree on a new set of goals to achieve sustainable development by 2030. An important step to ensure that women and girls are equally benefiting from sustainable development. Read more


In brief: Empower Women, the global movement for women's economic empowerment

Today Empower Women promotes online collaboration, learning and innovation by connecting women and men from the private sector, civil society, academia, governments and international organizations in more than 190 countries. This two pager brief describes the activities of this platform that has become a global movement for women’s economic empowerment. Read more


Enabing women's contributions to the Indian Ocean Rim economies

A new report identifies some of the key trends and critical issues in the Indian Ocean Rim to advancing gender equality and women’s economic advancement in the region. The report develops a simple baseline in key areas that describe women’s participation in the economy and their opportunities for advancement in business and economic leadership. Read more

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