Final report of the UN High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment calls on leaving no one behind

Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017

UN Secretary-General Anttonio Guterres with members of the High-Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown
UN Secretary-General António Guterres with members and representatives of the High-Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

The final report to the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel (HLP) on Women’s Economic Empowerment has now been published, stressing that building women’s economic empowerment must be done in ways that leaves nobody behind, particularly the most marginalized women at the bottom of the pyramid.

The report, entitled “Leave No One Behind: Taking Action for Transformational Change on Women’s Economic Empowerment”, also acknowledges that gender inequalities remain persistent across the world, but they can be overcome if barriers are removed.

In its new report, the Panel lays out concrete actions for accelerating progress towards women’s full and equal economic participation. Some of these measures include: actions to eliminate violence against women (at home and in the workplace), sharing the burden of unpaid care work, ensuring women’s access to financial services and new technology, increasing women’s access to justice, changing culture and practices in employment, procurement and other practices of both the public and the private sector, and ratifying key international agreements for protecting the rights of women workers, especially women in the informal sector and domestic workers.

The new report also elaborates on how economic policies and legal reforms can facilitate an enabling environment, which is critical for breaking the constraints on women’s economic empowerment. 

UN Secretary-General António Guterres received the High-Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment's final report. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown
Panel Co-Chairs Simona Scarpaleggia, CEO, IKEA Switzerland and Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, President of Costa Rica, present Secretary-General Antonio Guterres with the final report of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

The HLP was established by the UN Secretary-General in January 2016, with the aim to place women’s economic empowerment at the top of the global agenda to accelerate progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The HLP is supported by the Government of the United Kingdom. Its two reports will be supported by toolkits to guide the implementation of its recommendations, which are expected to be launched in May 2017.