Sunday, March 12, 2017

Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. Draft agreed conclusions 2/8

7. The Commission recognizes that worldwide, gender inequalities in labour markets and the world of work persist. It also recognizes that the pace and scale of transformation towards realizing women's economic empowerment in a changing world of work has been unacceptably slow and has impeded the realization of women’s full potential and their human rights. (Based on E/CN.6/2017/3, para 9, 46 and 47)
8. The Commission expresses its concern especially about the continuance of significant gender gaps in labour force participation and leadership, wages and income, pensions, as well as occupational segregation, social norms and workplace culture, unequal working conditions and women’s burden of unpaid domestic and care work, gaps in social protection, and the growing informality and precarious nature of women’s employment (Based on E/CN.6/2017/3, para 6, 9, 15)
 9. The Commission also recognizes that structural barriers to women’s economic empowerment can be compounded by multiple and intersecting forms of inequalities and discrimination in the private and public spheres, and that these barriers are exacerbated in conflict and postconflict, refugee and humanitarian settings, as well as disability. (Based on E/CN.6/2017/3, para 9 and 10)
10. The Commission also affirms that the acceleration of the transformation of the world of work and significantly enhancing the enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment will help achieve exponential economic growth, end poverty in all its forms everywhere and ensure the wellbeing of all, leaving no woman behind in the changing world of work. (Based on E/CN.6/2017/3, para 46 and 47)
11. The Commission recalls its consideration of “the empowerment of indigenous women” as its focus area at its sixty-first session. It also recalls its Multi-year programme of work for 2016- 2019 according to which it will consider “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls” as its priority theme at its sixtysecond session. (Based on E/RES/2016/3)
12. The Commission, in order to transform the world of work for women, considers it essential to: strengthen normative and legal frameworks for full employment and decent work for all women; implement economic and social policies for women’s economic empowerment; address the growing informality of work and mobility of women workers; manage technological and digital change for women’s economic empowerment; strengthen women’s collective voice, leadership and decision-making; and strengthen private sector role in women’s economic empowerment. (Based on E/CN.6/2017/3, para 47, and headers in para 49)

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