UNDP Gender Director: Powering Africa out of poverty

Women can energise the future

Ms Winnie Byanyima, Director of the UNDP Gender Team is no ordinary official or advocate. Prior to joining the UN she has been pioneering Uganda’s development and governance by ensuring that women were part of the process and is as known for her feminism as her reforms.

She introduced ground-breaking gender equality provisions in Uganda’s 1995 post-conflict constitution, including a one-third quota for women in local government, which resulted in thousands of poor women electe...

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