Gender Development Index of Ethiopia
The 2018 Global Human Dvelopment report shows that Ethiopia is among countries with low Gender Development Index ranking 121 out of 160 countries.
UNDP recognizes that gender equality is a fundamental human right and a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Gender equality is therefore central to UNDP’s interventions to achieve the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as other commitments agreed by UN Member States.
The promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women are central to the mandate of UNDP and intrinsic to its development approach. To fulfil its commitment at the national level, UNDP Ethiopia developed Gender Equality Strategy (GES) for the period of 2018-2021.
Gender equality, centered in human rights, is both a development goal on its own and a critical factor for achieving sustainable development. It underlies one of the guiding principles of the 2030 Agenda for Development – the concept of 'leaving no one behind'
Ethiopia is one of the 193 countries that adopted the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development that was launched in 2015 after the completion of the 15 year-old Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) campaign. While Ethiopia has made commendable progress to meet six of the eight MDGs, the country lagged behind in achieving the goal on gender equality and empowerment of women.
The following are UNDP’s guiding principles for mainstreaming gender.
The United Nations in Ethiopia partnered with Helen Berhe, a rising Ethiopian recording artist to produce her latest music video that advocates gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goal 5 with engaging and powerful lyrics.
The new music video clip was released as part of the UN’s campaign to roll out the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is a resounding lyrical endorsement of SDG 5, which focuses on gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels.
Ms. Berhe’s musical commitment for social good is funded by the partnership between UNDP and Government of Kazakhstan. The partnership is aimed at promoting cross fertilization of ideas and experiences through South-South development cooperation between African countries and Kazakhstan.