Global Business and Philanthropy Leaders’ Forum 2017 for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Date: Friday, September 22, 2017

On 21 September, UN Women will host the 2017 Global Business and Philanthropy Leaders’ Forum for Women and Girls and Gender Equality in New York.

The high-level Forum, taking place on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly, will convene business and philanthropy leaders from around the world who are committed to investing in the empowerment of women and girls.

Date: 21 September
Time: 8 – 9:30 a.m.

Attendance is by invitation only. 

Investing in women and girls is good for the business and makes for a sustainable future for all. A recent research by McKinsey estimates that if women’s economic participation were to be at the same level as men, $28 trillion could be added to the global economy by 2025.

Business and philanthropy leaders will come together at the Forum to collaborate and announce support towards UN Women’s work and to close the financing gap for gender equality that stands in the way of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.


See who’s coming this year:

Jack Ma
Photo: Alibaba

Jack Ma, Executive Chair of the Alibaba Group

Melinda Gates
Photo: Gates Foundation.

Melinda Gates , Co-Chair and Trustee of the Gates Foundation


Her Royal Highness, Princess Lamia bint Majid AlSaud, Secretary General of Alwaleed Philanthropies
Photo: Alawaleed Philanthropies

Her Royal Highness, Princess Lamia bint Majid AlSaud, Secretary General of Alwaleed Philanthropies

Nirvana Chaudhary, Managing Director of CG Corp Global
Photo: CG Corp Global

Nirvana Chaudhary, Managing Director of CG Corp Global


See who joined in 2015:

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In 2015: Business leaders commit millions to gender equality

Group photo of participants at UN Women's Business and Philanthropy Leaders’ Forum on 26 September, in New York. Photo: Ryan Brown

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