NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Geneva

21 - 09 - 2016 News

Economic Empowerment of Women & Girls
in a Sustainable Development Perspective
FORUM – 10 October 2016 – Palais des Nations, Geneva
act | advance | achieve | women’s rights!

”Investing in women’s economic empowerment sets a direct path
towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth”
UN Women Thematic Brief, 2016

The NGO CSW Geneva, in partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), would like to give impetus to Goal 5 to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, through the organisation of a one-day Forum on 10 October 2016 that will focus on practical and transformative means to foster the Economic  Empowerment of Women and Girls.

Program – 4 panels on interrelated topics:
10 October Morning
1. Women in decision-making: bringing more women in leadership and decision-making position in all sectors and at all level has the potential to positively change the  perspectives, culture and performances of any organization;
2. Equal pay for men and women: the gender wage gap remains high, with globally women still earning on average 77% of what men earn, a discrimination that contributes to the feminization of poverty and must be addressed;

10 October Afternoon
3. Unpaid care work: the unequal sharing between men and women of domestic tasks and caring responsibilities is now well recognized as a human rights issue and a structural cause of gender inequalities that must be addressed;
4. Government procurement: representing a significant part of GDP in most countries, government procurement can effectively be used to promote women-led business enterprises, and more generally gender equality.

Where? Room XIX, Palais des Nations, Geneva

When? Monday 10 October 2016, 9:30 to 18:00

Who is invited? Representatives of Governments, Civil Society Organizations, Academic Institutions, Media & Private Sector actors interested in advancing Women’s Rights

Information and registration:
The Forum is free but registration is mandatory – Please before 1st October

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