Path to equal: New indices on gender equality and women’s empowerment

This panel discussion will highlight some of the findings from work on new gender indices that help diagnose root causes of structural gender inequality, and their relevance for the preparation of Voluntary National Reviews.
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Event type: Lectures, seminars, panel discussions

Start date: 15 July 2021 | Start time: 08:00 UTC−04:00
End date: 15 July 2021 | End time: 09:00 UTC−04:00

Location: Online, Zoom

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In 2021, a series of Voluntary National Review (VNR) labs will be convened on the margins of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) to provide an informal platform for experience sharing and reflection on the Voluntary National Review process. The labs will be held under the Chatham House Rules and will be open to Member States, the UN system, and representatives of major groups and other stakeholders.

UN Women is organizing a VNR lab titled “Path to equal: New Indices on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment” on 15 July 2021, 8–9 am EDT.

Only nine years remain to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and greater efforts are needed to diagnose the root causes of structural gender inequality, identify game-changers, and spur further commitments. New gender indices produced by UN Women and UNDP provide powerful tools for this pursuit. Together, they illustrate a country’s status in achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment. The dimensions and indicators selected for the indices are universally relevant and complement the policy efforts of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This lab will highlight some of the findings from this work and its relevance for the preparation of VNRs, particularly in their assessment of the different forms of discrimination that women and girls face and their impact on society, and on accelerating progress in achieving the SDGs. It will also feature speakers from Member States, including from national statistical offices.

Related materials (forthcoming):

  • Panel
  • Concept note
  • Flyer

Sponsored by: UN Women Headquarters