Report of the UN Secretary-General on the CSW61 priority theme

The present report examines women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work at a time when the international community has made an unprecedented commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment, in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report clarifies the vital interlinkages between women’s economic empowerment and their rights to decent work and full and productive employment. It focuses on the obstacles women face in exercising their rights to and at work and suggests how these may be rectified. It analyses the opportunities and challenges for women’s economic empowerment posed by the increasing informality and mobility of labour and the technological and digital developments that are transforming the world of wo rk. The report outlines policies and actions to address gender gaps in the world of work and to enable the realization of women’s rights and economic empowerment, calling for greater accountability to ensure that no one is left behind. The report concludes with recommendations for consideration by the Commission on the Status of Women.

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