Film fatale: How one filmmaker made history

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Filed under: Climate change Gender equality Social inclusion

In 2013, award-winning filmmaker Biljana Gavranlieva directed After the Rain – the first-ever documentary made by a Macedonian director about climate change. The film, which was produced with the support of UNDP, the Global Environment Facility, and the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, shows the lives of four women between the ages of forty and eighty,… Read more »

The confidence question? Meet the investment lady

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Filed under: Gender equality Peace and security Social inclusion

Is the problem of gender inequality being compounded by a confidence gap? A recent article in The Atlantic says yes – evidence suggests that women are less self-assured than men—and that to succeed in today’s world, it takes as much confidence as it does competence. We thought about this in Moldova where men hold most elected… Read more »

Engendering change in gender and corruption

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Filed under: Anticorruption Gender equality Social inclusion

Corruption is a global threat that undermines a country’s development progress by limiting citizens’ abilities to claim their rights. The linkages between gender equality and development have long been recognized. For example, societies with greater female education have higher growth rates and per-capita incomes, better maternal health, lower infant mortality, and increased levels of nutrition. However, when… Read more »

Why troublemakers should work together: Ten thoughts on innovation and gender equality

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Gender equality Guest posts Social innovation

Pushing innovation and working for gender equality are a natural fit. Both necessitate the combination of causing trouble, looking at internal mechanisms, and working with non-traditional partners. Moreover, both have transformational potential. Inspired by UNDP’s current innovation agenda and Giulio Quaggiotto’s Development 2.0 Manifesto, we formulated some principles on innovation and gender equality.

A ‘bad girl’ no longer: Tackling gender inequality in Azerbaijan

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Filed under: Development Gender equality Social inclusion

In Azerbaijan, especially in rural areas, there exists a very powerful term for women who don’t follow the rules: ‘pis giz’ – or bad girl. For an Azerbaijani woman, being called a pis giz is more than just a gender slur. It can mean the total loss of respect in her community, ineligibility for marriage,… Read more »

The time is now: Gender (in)equality in Europe and Central Asia

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Filed under: Gender equality Human rights Social inclusion

In 2015, it will be 20 years since the Beijing Platform for Action was adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women, setting up the agenda for improving women’s participation in both public and private life. 2015 also marks the year when the Millennium Development Goals will expire and a new development framework will be… Read more »

Flowers versus equality: Public perceptions of gender in Georgia

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Filed under: Gender equality Governance Social inclusion

Last week, gender equality made headlines in Georgia’s national media. Surprised? We were too — happily surprised! Everything happened after we announced the findings of our Public Perceptions on Gender Equality in Business and Politics research project. “There have been no shifts in public perceptions of gender over the last five years,” we announced, and… Read more »

Kosovo Assembly pushes for women’s human rights

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Filed under: Gender equality Governance Human rights

Good news for human rights in Kosovo, in particular for gender equality. In September, the Assembly of Kosovo approved a report on monitoring the Law on Gender Equality. The Report was unanimously supported by all parliamentary groups (receiving 89 votes pro, and no votes against or abstentions). Gender equality, in terms of employment opportunities and… Read more »

Infographics: Education gap between women and men in Uzbekistan

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Filed under: Central Asia Development Gender equality Social inclusion

I’m happy to share the first infographic on gender equality developed by UNDP in Uzbekistan. It is based on a policy brief (in Russian) on gender equality and employment prepared for a project with the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population . The research provided a lot of interesting data, which we decided to capture in one infographic… Read more »