2019 Think-20 Task Force on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Women’s Economic Empowerment (SDG5)


Under the 2019 Japanese Presidency of the G20, the Think 20 (T20) Engagement Group carried forward the work on women’s economic empowerment (WEE) through the Task Force on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Once again, I had the privilege of serving as Co-Chair on women’s economic empowerment (SDG5) along with Gala Díaz Langou, Social Protection Program Director with the Center for the 
Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC). We worked closely with the Women 20 (W20) Engagement Group under the leadership of Professor Yoriko Meguro and Haruno Yoshida.

UAE Gender Balance Council launched its “Global Gender Circle” Initiative to Coincide with HLP Second Report during CSW61


In March 2017, the UAE Gender Balance Council launched the Global Gender Circle initiative to reduce the gender gap in for women as economic actors; recommend innovative initiatives to support global gender equality and the SDG 5 agenda. The launch event was scheduled to coincide with the delivery of the second report of the [...]

Empowering Women Through Procurement: Moving Beyond the 1%


UN Development Business Panel Discussion featuring Panel Member – Elizabeth Vazquez & Chief of the Panel's Secretariat – Dr. Margo Thomas. In contributing to the panel discussion on opportunities for empowering women entrepreneurs in global procurement, I argued that given the estimated value of $6 to $7 trillion per year in the global public [...]

UNSG’s HLP on Women’s Economic Empowerment Panel Meeting


  16 March 2017: The UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel (HLP) on Women’s Economic Empowerment presented its second report to the UN Secretary-General, recommending actions to accelerate progress towards the full and equal economic participation of women, and highlight the role of public, private and civil society partnerships in promoting these efforts. Follow the link for more [...]

Closing the Economic Gender Gap Will Take 170 Years at The Current Pace


The World Economic Forum (WEF) 2016 Gender Gap report estimates that it will take 170 years to close the global economic gender gap. This is too long. The time for action on economic gender equity is now. Inclusive and sustainable growth is central for the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and critical for the wellbeing [...]

PMI Global Diversity & Inclusion Forum “ACT”


The key objective of the biennial Philipp Morris International Diversity and Inclusion Fora is to foster and inspire greater understanding, commitment, and action to Diversity & Inclusion throughout the Company. The aim is to engage the hearts and minds of participants so that they understand and appreciate the benefits that accrue from a more [...]

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