New York—On 22 September, the High-Level Panel (HLP) for Women’s Economic Empowerment presented its first findings to the UN Secretary-General at an event in New York, held in the context of the UN General Assembly. The HLP, created by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in January 2016, aims at placing women’s economic empowerment at the top of the global agenda to accelerate progress under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The report aims to draw attention to the challenges faced by the most disadvantaged women, to bring informal work from the margins to the mainstream, to highlight how discriminatory laws limit choice and to shed light on the centrality of unpaid work and care, which is one of the most pervasive and significant barriers to women’s economic empowerment.
“The launch of this first report, which has been enriched by passionate and vigorous debates, represents a major milestone for the work of the HLP. It has drawn on the substantial and robust evidence about key issues, identified the fundamental drivers and principles and delivered a call to action,” said Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera, President of Costa Rica and Co-Chair of the HLP.
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