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Union women from around the world are preparing to attend the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW61), taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13-24 March 2017.

The priority theme for UNCSW61 will be: “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work”.”

In preparation for the 61st session, PSI/EI/ITUC and FES are jointly organising a preparatory meeting which aims to develop a strategy for trade union representation in the UNCSW61 and ensure high-level participation of trade unions in panels and official side-events.

The Global Unions have jointly prepared and submitted a Statement to the UNCSW60: Unions are Central to Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work

Women’s economic empowerment is key to the realisation of women’s rights, and to achieving a truly gender equal world. It is about far more than women’s ability to participate equally in existing markets or their contribution to economic growth. Economic empowerment for women starts with guaranteed access to, and equitable participation in, quality education from early childhood onward. Economically empowered women have access to decent work, control over economic resources and over their own time, participate meaningfully in economic decision-making at all levels, and can access quality public services. Economically empowering women means building their autonomy to exercise real power and control over their own lives, so women can organise themselves for change in the world of work.

You will be able to follow the trade union delegation's activities on our BlogFacebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.

See the UNCSW61 website for more information on the session.