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CSW61: Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work

The theme of women’s equality and economic empowerment featured central during the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women that took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017.

The side-event co-hosted by Argentina, Indonesia and Sri Lanka in collaboration with FAO, UNICEF, UN Women, WHO and the World Bank “Women and labour: A nutritional perspective” discussed the economic impacts of women’s malnutrition and how targeted measures to improve women’s nutritional status have major gains in economic development. The event solicited successful examples on how nutrition policies help push forward the economic empowerment of women and in particular female headed households, hence benefitting their families as well. The event also showcased how governments embed nutrition in national strategies and plans, looking at policies and investments in health, the food systems, education and social protection programmes that contribute to ensuring that no one is left behind. It encouraged country leadership and learning as Member States prepare their national plans to advance the implementation of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025, the Second Global Strategy on Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health 2016-2030, and the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. To access WHO's full coverage of the event, see here.

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The Agreed Conclusions were approved with a strong pledge from UN Member States to commit 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.

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