The promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment, grounded in international human rights, are critical to the mandate of UNDP. UNDP sets goals affecting many areas of social, political and healthcare systems in Belarus. UNDP directly contributes to equal representation of women and men in decision making processes and equal access of men and women to energy efficient technologies and respective capacity building. It's also planned that the legal framework and training arrangements created by UNDP will ensure new business activities and new jobs in different sectors and industries, benefiting both men and women.
UNDP helps to introduce new professions for Belarus, provide access to new employment opportunities for men and women, in particular in the field of tax advisory services. UNDP's HIV-related work in Belarus is targeted at gender defined key affected populations such as female sex workers and men having sex with men. Given high gender dimension of irregular migration, trafficking in human beings, sexual and gender-based violence, UNDP was in particular supportive with helping progress through the gender lense.
Kasia Kazachonak, the legendary warden of the "Yelnia" bog
Photo: UNDP in Belarus
UNDP Gender Equality Seal
UNDP Belarus received Gender Equality Bronze Seal in 2015, as far as contributed to gender equality national goals, in particular the office actively worked with national partners to establish a system for collecting sex-disaggregated data to monitor and reduce HIV prevalence, clearly supported the gender mainstreaming of national judicial reform efforts, and increased women's access to formal employment, supporting integration of the gender perspective in local development and green economy in the Republic of Belarus. more