Media Advisory: Launch of Progress of the World’s Women: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights

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

WHEN? Monday 27 April, 2015. Registration at 9.30 AM. Conference commences at 10 AM and concludes at 11 AM.

WHERE? One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA in the Smeaton Room


Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

Laura Turquet, Progress Report Manager, UN Women

Kalpona Akter, Executive Director, Bangladesh Centre for Workers’ Solidarity

Social Media: Follow the conversation on Twitter @UN_Women using the hashtag #WomensProgress2015

The press conference will be followed by a panel discussion. Both the press conference and the panel event will be live webcast at


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.


Cathy Bartley
Bartley Robbs Communications
Tel: 00 44 208 694 9138 / 00 44 7958 561671
Email: cathy.bartley[at]