CSW61 in New York: “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work”

NEW YORK, April 14th, 2017 – “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work”. This is the main theme of the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, one of the most influential gatherings on gender worldwide, which was held in city of New York from 13 to 24 March 2017. Present as WUSME delegates Margit Batthyány-Schmidt, WUSME Member of the Board, and Mónika Alíz Mészárosm, Keynote Speaker at the 2016 WUSME Workshop on SME Financing.
During the CSW61 (http: //www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw61-2017), a workshop entitled “Support Start-Ups and Fundraising for Innovative SME-s Led by Women” took place as parallel event, organized by the Union of Hungarian Women Association, chaired by Mrs. Margit Batthy Batthyány-Schmidt, with WUSME as Partner Organization.
This event turned to be very succesfull. Nigeria, Palestina, USA, Israel, South Africa and Hungary are some of the countries represented by the Participants.
“In the changing world of work, women face difficulties to start their own business and especially in fundraising activities due to the lack of time and information – sayd Margit Batthyány-Schmidt. Thus, women associations from all around the world should cooperate rather than compete in order to help these women and their internationalization. The Union of Hungarian Women Association is working with the COPA-COGECA and WUSME to face this challenge and destroy the barriers”.
The outcome of the Commission’s consideration of the priority theme takes the form of agreed conclusions, negotiated by all States.

The conclusions of 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women also focused on general issues as well as specific topics which strongly relate to WUSME mission and action.
The Commission emphasizes the mutually reinforcing relationship between women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work and the full, effective and accelerated implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
The Commission acknowledges the important contribution of women and girls to sustainable development and reiterates that gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls and women’s full and equal participation and leadership in the economy are vital to achieve sustainable development, promote peaceful, just and inclusive societies, enhance sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and productivity, end poverty in all its forms everywhere and ensure the wellbeing of all.
With specific reference to the implementation of economic and social policies for women’s economic empowerment, the Commission highlighted the need to promote the entry, re-entry into and advancement in labour markets of all women, including through policies and programmes aimed to the elimination of structural barriers and stereotypes that young women face in the transition from school to work and also to address the challenges faced by women returning from care-related career breaks and by older women, providing access to technical and vocational skills training, entrepreneurship development, job-matching and career guidance, including towards high wage and high growth occupations.

In the photo: Margit Batthyány-Schmidt, WUSME Member of the Board, and Mónika Alíz Mészárosm, Keynote Speaker at the 2016 WUSME Workshop on SME Financing


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