The first ever High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment has been announced by UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Welcoming the announcement, Lucia Fry, Head of Policy, at ActionAid, says:
“We are delighted the UN Secretary General has created the first ever panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. There is much work to be done.
“Women’s economic inequality is caused by wider gender discrimination and unjust policies and practices. ActionAid has found that women in developing countries could be $9 trillion better off if their pay and access to paid work were equal to that of men. This is a matter of justice and human rights - we need to close this gap.
“We look forward to working with the panel to ensure that Women’s Economic Empowerment around the world is a priority for all governments. We call on the UK government to play a leading role in ensuring that the panel addresses the underlying causes of women’s economic inequality. ”
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