Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Leave no one behind: Roundtable of the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel (HLP) on Women's Economic Empowerment Date
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New research developed jointly by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), has revealed the true scale of modern slavery around the world. The research reveals that among the 40 million victims of modern slavery, about 25 million were in forced labour, and 15 million were in forced marriage.
Opening remarks by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women at the launch of the Equal Pay International Coalition.
Striving to raise up women's pay across the world to equal men's, a new global coalition - which includes the United Nations labour agency and Organization's entity promotion of women's rights - launched today on the eve of the General Assembly debate.
One of the most persistent barriers to women's success at work and to economic growth, unequal pay, will be actively challenged by a new global partnership, the Equal Pay International Coalition.
Business leaders and global experts gathered on 6 September 2017 in London to discuss how the private sector can advance the recommendations of the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel (HLP) on Women's Economic Empowerment.
A programme on Rural Women's Economic Empowerment has benefited more than 2,000 rural women to date through trainings on basic business skills and financial management. It has also given them access to small loans at lower than average interest rates.
Date: Friday, August 11, 2017 On 21 September, UN Women will host the 2017 Global Business and Philanthropy Leaders' Forum for Women and Girls and Gender Equality in New York. The high-level Forum, taking place on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly, will convene business and philanthropy leaders from around the world who are committed to investing in the empowerment of women and girls.
In five rural districts of Battambang and Siem Reap provinces in Cambodia, Banteay Srei, a local women-led NGO works with the poorest, most marginalized women-including those who are illiterate or single mothers-to help them improve their livelihoods. Twenty-year-old Vern Chantha is one.
UN Member States today committed to ensure women's full and equal participation and leadership in the economy, as well as women's right to work and rights at work, as a vital step to achieving sustainable development.