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06 March 2020
Architectural metaphors are a popular way to think about inequality between men and women. When it comes to the fundamentals, we often talk about whether there is a “sticky floor” that is holding women and girls back. And the good news is that, for billions around the world, the floor is a lot less sticky than it used to be. Maternal mortality...
05 March 2020
Click here for FRENCH and SPANISH New York – How big and thick is the Glass Ceiling? New analysis suggests that it covers all aspects of women’s lives – including the household – and that it is constructed, not of glass, but of pervasive bias and prejudice against women held by both men and women worldwide. These were the findings behind the...
28 February 2020
The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set a very ambitious vision for what humanity needs to accomplish by the year 2030. With just 10 years left, the United Nations system has declared a Decade of Action, with an urgent call for accelerating efforts towards achieving the SDGs. Fundamental to these efforts is the rethinking...
07 February 2020
The Human Development Report Office (HDRO) is continuing to put a spotlight on a new generation of inequalities with launch events and presentations around the globe on the 2019 Human Development Report (2019 HDR). On 28 January, the report was launched in Geneva, Switzerland with the participation of Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of UN...
12 December 2019
The global launch of the 2019 Human Development Report (HDR) took place on Monday, 9 December, in Bogota, Colombia. UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner joined Colombian President Iván Duque to present the report, entitled “Beyond income, beyond averages, beyond today: Inequalities in human development in the 21st century.” The Administrator said that...
08 December 2019
Christina Lengfelder is a Research Analyst at the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) at UNDP and Margaret Carroll is a Policy Specialist at United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Unlike mainstream economics, the human development approach considers an agent as someone who generates change through action, instead of someone who acts on the behalf of...
01 October 2019
In a recent piece of research, I and others looked at impacts of a large-scale self-help program in Northern India. According to one estimate over 80 million women have taken part in such programs in India alone. This huge uptake raises some important questions. Why are these programs attractive to the women who take part? Are they effective at...