Gender equality

Women in Ethiopia play a major role as food producers and processors. When communities are faced with resource scarcity it is predominantly women smallholders that bear the brunt.

The Gender Equality Strategy 

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.

In line with the Gender Equality Strategy and to convene the premises of this strategy, UNDP Ethiopia CO is enrolled in the 2018/19 round UNDP corporate Gender Equality Seal Certification to deliver on transformational gender equality results in the country program. Accordingly, the CO has developed a Gender Equality Seal Action Plan (GESAP) to be implemented in 2018-2019. The Country Office has established a multi-disciplinary Gender Focal Team (GFT) led by senior management (Resident Representative) to ensure that effective gender mainstreaming is in place as well as to implement and monitor the commitments of the Gender Equality Strategy and Action Plan including the Gender Seal Action Plan.

Advancing gender equality through the power of music 

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 partnership on music for social good is financed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as part of its partnership with the Government of Kazakhstan aimed at promoting South-South cooperation. The video was filmed by Pappa Film Studio and directed by Yidnekachew Shumete.

The engagement on the new single is couched within the UN’s efforts to roll out the promotion of the 17 goals of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the country. The new single specifically highlighting Goal 5, which focuses on gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels.

Ethiopia is one of the 193 countries that adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The SDGs replaced the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) implemented from 2000 to 2015 where Ethiopia made commendable progress to meet six out of the eight Millennium Development Goals.  One of the goals where the country was lagging behind was the MDG on gender equality.

UNDP estimates that gender inequality is costing sub-Saharan Africa on average $US95 billion a year.

Music video on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment

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