WIEGO at CSW61

March 13, 2017 - March 17, 2017

New York City, New York

From March 13th to March 17th WIEGO participated in the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, New York. The theme of CSW61 was women's economic empowerment in the changing world of work. The WIEGO Network participated in the following events:

Women’s role in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda: Harnessing and strengthening sustainable urbanization using participatory methodologies for women and youth empowerment (Monday, 13 March)

WIEGO International Coordinator Marty Chen spoke on a panel on women and youth’s role in sustainable urbanization and poverty reduction. She highlighted the efforts of the WIEGO Network to place informal livelihoods on the New Urban Agenda during the Habitat III process, and spoke about recent victories of informal workers organizations in advocating for inclusive policies and regulations. Marty was  accompanied at the event by WIEGO Writer and Research Assistant Jenna Harvey and WIEGO Focal Cities Coordinator for Accra, Dorcas Ansah.

UN High-Level Panel (UN HLP) on Women’s Economic Empowerment Report Launch at CSW61 
(Tuesday, 14 March)

The second and final report of the UN High-Level Panel (UN HLP) on Women’s Economic Empowerment was launched online on March 14th, 2017. The launch marks the end of the one year UN HLP process. On the day of the launch, UN HLP participants including WIEGO International Coordinator Marty Chen met at the CSW to reflect on the process.

The second report delves deeper into the seven drivers of women’s economic empowerment that were identified in the first report, namely: tackling adverse norms; ensuring legal protection and reforming discriminatory laws and regulations; recognizing, reducing and redistributing unpaid work and care; building assets; changing business culture and practice; improving public sector practices in employment and procurement; and strengthening visibility, collective voice and representation. The report also looked at macro-economic strategy and gender. In the context of all of these eight areas, the report identifies actions that can be taken by a range of stakeholders to advance women’s economic empowerment.

Throughout the UN HLP, WIEGO has aimed to bring the voices of women informal workers into the process and to ensure their experiences,perspectives and demands are reflected in the UN HLP reports – both the first report launched at the UN General Assembly in September 2016, and this second report.

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Care policies in the Agenda 2030: Advancing the Triple R framework to Recognize, Reduce and Redistribute unpaid care work 
(Wednesday, 15 March)

This panel is organized by the governments of Switzerland and Iceland in cooperation with UN Women, OECD, ILO, IFAD, and Promundo. The panel aims to discuss the different aspects and dimensions of unpaid care work. During the event, participants will share strategies and practical approaches to addressing unpaid care work to advance the implementation of target 5.4 of the Sustainable Development Goals. WIEGO Writer and Research Assistant Jenna Harvey spoke at the event on how organizations of informal workers have mobilized for care services.

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