The High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment held its inaugural meeting on March 15, 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, in the margins of the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said at the occasion that “women and girls deserve the same access to quality education, economic resources and political participation as men and boys,” and added that they “must also enjoy the same employment, legal rights, leadership and decision-making opportunities”.
Launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2016, the Panel is expected to provide recommendations linked to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) on how to improve economic opportunities for women and promote their leadership in driving sustainable, inclusive and environmentally sensitive economic growth. Backed by UN Women, the UN International Labour Organization, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and co-chaired by the Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis and the CEO of IKEA Switzerland Simona Scarpaleggia, the Panel will produce a first report in September 2016, followed by a final report in March 2017. Click here and here for more on this story.