Poverty Reduction and the MDGs – Women comprise more than 50 percent of the world’s population, but own only one percent of the world’s wealth. Seventy-five percent of the world’s women cannot get formal bank loans due to lack of permanent employment and other goods to offer as security. This is why governments, private sector and all of society have to reduce gender inequalities: it is a crucial step to reduce poverty. But women have made strides. In Turkmenistan, women are transforming their crafts into thriving enterprises through partnerships with UNDP. In the Ruhiira Millennium Village in Uganda, medically-supervised infant deliveries have risen thanks to UNDP’s distribution of health kits.