Friday, March 10, 2017

Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. Draft agreed conclusions 1/8

1. The Commission on the Status of Women reaffirms the Beijing Declaration and Platform for
Action, the outcome documents of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly
and the declarations adopted by the Commission on the occasion of the tenth, fifteenth and
twentieth anniversaries of the Fourth World Conference on Women. (CSW 60 AC, para 1)

2. The Commission reaffirms that the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination against Women and the Optional Protocol thereto as well as other relevant
conventions and treaties provide an international legal framework and a comprehensive set of
measures for realizing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and the full
and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all women and girls
throughout their life cycle. (Based on CSW60 AC, para 2) The Commission confirms the
importance of relevant International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions for the realization
of women’s right to work and rights at work. (Based on E/CN.6/2017/3, para 1)

3. The Commission reaffirms the commitments to gender equality and the empowerment of all
women and girls made at relevant United Nations summits and conferences. (Based on
CSW60 AC, para 4) The Commission welcomes the contribution of the Secretary-General’s
High-level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. (Based on E/CN.6/2017/3, para 4)

4. The Commission emphasizes that women’s economic empowerment is essential for 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.
(Based on E/CN.6/2017/3, para 2, 46)

5. The Commission emphasizes that women’s economic empowerment including women's right
to decent work and full and productive employment is a critical means of implementation of
SDG 5 on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. (Based on
E/CN.6/2017/3, para 2)

6. The Commission affirms that the achievement of SDG 5 targets, namely: end all forms of
discrimination against all women and girls everywhere; eliminate all forms of violence against
all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and
other types of exploitation; eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced
marriage and female genital mutilation; recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work
through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the
promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally
appropriate; ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for
leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life; and ensure
universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences; are all vital enablers of women's economic empowerment in the changing world of work. (Based on E/CN.6/2017/3, para 2, and SDG 5)

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