Women's Empowerment

Despite constitutional guarantees across the Pacific, men and women do not have the same opportunities when it comes to decision-making, accessing justice, and participating in the economy. For development to benefit both women and men of the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa, and Tokelau, the UNDP promotes gender equality across all of its work. The aim is to incorporate — into all key development programmes — clear gender equity targets and accountability for meeting these particularly to making real inroads towards increasing the income of women at the household level through more and better jobs, and access to health care and education. To realize this commitment, UNDP works closely with UNIFEM and other UN Agencies to build the capacity of UN staff in this area of empowering of women.

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Weaving for living

Through UNDP's MDG Acceleration project, women's committees have been able to sustain themselves by producing fine mats and crafts to earn a living. Photo credit: UNDP Samoa MCO.

Our Stories

  • Fishing equipment was handed over to communities in Samoa affected by the 2009 Tsunami. Photo credit: UNDP Samoa MCO.


    A mother and son team from Saleaumua are actively attempting to step out of poverty, by applying local knowledge and entrepreneurial skills to improve their livelihoods.more