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​​​​Principle 2 
Gender Equality & Women’s

  • The promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women are central to the mandate of UNDP and intrinsic to its human rights-based approach to development programming. This effort includes advocating for women’s and girls’ human rights, combating discriminatory practices, and challenging the roles and stereotypes that create inequalities and exclusion.
  • UNDP Programmes and Projects will be gender-responsive in their design and implementation. UNDP will seek to identify and integrate the different needs, constraints, contributions and priorities of women, men, girls and boys into its programming. (15)
  • UNDP Programmes and Projects will promote gender equality and the empowerment of women. UNDP will seek to reduce gender inequalities in access to and control over resources and the benefits of development. Programmes and Projects will ensure that both women and men are able to participate meaningfully and equitably, have equitable access to Programme and Project resources, and receive comparable social and economic benefits. (16)
  • UNDP will ensure that its Programmes and Projects do not discriminate against women or girls or reinforce gender-based discrimination and/or inequalities.​
(15) References in SES to “women and men” or similar is understood to include “girls and boys” and other groups discriminated against based on their gender identities, such as transgender people or transsexuals.

(16) See UNDP Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017: The Future We Want: Rights and Empowerment, available at​.  ​