Advancing gender equality through the economic empowerment of all women and girls: Key catalysts for innovative change

27 May 2019
Bangkok, Thailand
By invitation only

Special Event organized by the Government of Canada and ESCAP, during the 75th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Stemming from structural barriers and historically unequal power relations, women cannot fully exercise their rights to decent work and full and productive employment. In the Asia-Pacific region, only one in two women are participating in the labour market. Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, therefore, is central to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which pledges to "leave no one behind".

ESCAP actively supports its member States in efforts to enhance women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship as a strategy for poverty reduction, social wellbeing and sustainable economic growth, in fulfillment of SDG 5 on Gender Equality and multiple related goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The theme of the 75th session of the Commission brings forth the essence of this ambitious Agenda by focusing on empowerment, inclusion and equality.

The Special Event further aligns with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP). Canada aims to advance gender equality in a sustainable manner and accelerate its progress across all other priorities. Canada has been investing in dedicated, coordinated efforts to address fundamental and multi-dimensional challenges to the empowerment of women and girls.

Through an interactive panel discussion, the Special Event looked into the barriers that hold women back from their effective participation in the economy, and strategies to support women's economic empowerment and entrepreneurship. Key enabling factors, including gender-responsive policy, planning and budgeting as well as access to financing and technology, were addressed.

The event expected to enhance awareness of ESCAP member States on the effective measures and innovative solutions that contribute to unlocking the potential of women and girls in the Asia-Pacific region.

More information can be found here .

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