Media advisory: New York launch of flagship UN Women Report: Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015

Media advisory: New York launch of flagship UN Women Report: Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016

WHAT: Launch of flagship UN Women Report: Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights

WHEN: Monday 27 April, 2015 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Room S-0237, UN Secretariat, New York.

SPEAKERS:

Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women

Shahra Razavi, Chief of Research and Data Section, UN Women

The press conference will be followed by a panel discussion at 1 p.m. at the Ford Foundation, located at 320 East 43rd Street, New York, N.Y. See flyer. To attend the panel event RSVP here. Both the press conference and the panel event will be live webcast at www.unwomen.org

Follow the conversation on Twitter @UN_Women.

BACKGROUND:

Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights, UN Women’s flagship report, shows that, all too often, women’s economic and social rights are held back, because they are forced to fit into a ‘man’s world’. But, it is possible to move beyond the status quo, to picture a world where economies are built with women’s rights at their heart.

Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016 is being published as the international community comes together to define a transformative post-2015 development agenda, and coincides with the 20th anniversary commemoration of the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China which set out a comprehensive agenda to advance gender equality.

Since Beijing, significant progress has been made, particularly in advancing women’s legal rights. However, as Progress shows, in an era of unprecedented global wealth, millions of women are trapped in low paid, poor quality jobs, denied even basic levels of health care, and water and sanitation. Women still carry the burden of unpaid care work, which austerity policies and cut-backs have only intensified. To build fairer, more sustainable economies which work for women and men, more of the same will not do.

Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016 brings together human rights and economic policymaking, and provides the key elements for a far-reaching new policy agenda that can transform economies and make women’s rights a reality. Through solid in-depth analysis and data, this evidence-based report provides key recommendations on moving towards an economy that truly works for women, for the benefit of all.

Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016 will be launched at events in London, New York, Mexico City, Nairobi, Bangkok, Alexandria and Sydney.

Media Inquiries

Oisika Chakrabarti, +1 646 781-4522
oisika.chakrabarti[at]unwomen.org

Sharon Grobeisen,+1 646 781-4753
sharon.grobeisen[at]unwomen.org