Media Advisory: Two events today at the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Inter-Parliamentary Union and UN Women to launch the Women in Politics 2017 Map; Work-stoppage at the Commission at 4.10 p.m.


Media Contacts:           

Oisika Chakrabarti, Ph: +1 646 781-4522; Email: oisika.chakrabarti[at]
Sharon Grobeisen, Ph: +1 646 781-4753; Email: sharon.grobeisen[at]
Maria Sanchez, Ph: +1 646 781-4507, Email: maria.sanchez[at]
Zina Alam, Ph: +1 646-781-4783; Email: zina.alam[at]

What:  UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and IPU Secretary-General Martin Chungong will launch today at 12.30 p.m., the 2017 edition of the Women in Politics Map. The Map, co-produced by IPU and UN Women since 2000, represents the global status of women’s political participation and includes the latest global data on the rankings of women in politics at executive and parliamentary levels of governments.

When: Wednesday 15 March 

Time: 12.30 p.m.

Where: Room S-237, UN Secretariat, 2nd Floor, New York.


  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Martin Chungong, IPU Secretary-General
  • Paddy Torsney, IPU Permanent Observer

This afternoon, the Commission on the Status of Women, which is the largest inter-governmental forum on women’s rights, will symbolically mark the global gender pay gap, when it will interrupt its work at 4.10 p.m., when there is 23 per cent of the work-day left.  Media are invited to attend and photograph in Conference Room 4 and the GA Hall. All women workers in these two conference rooms will be invited to turn to their after-work activities; to turn to their books or magazines, to communicate with friends and family, or to play with their children. 

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