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The empowerment of women drives prosperous economies and stimulates productivity and growth.

Gender equality is not only a basic human right, but also an accomplishment that has many socioeconomic consequences. Women’s empowerment drives prosper economies, and stimulates productivity and growth. Even so, gender inequalities are still firmly rooted into our society. Women encounter many obstacles to obtain worthy jobs and face work discrimination and gender wage gaps. Often they cannot access basic education and medical attention. Women suffer violence and discrimination all around the world. They are underrepresented in the political and economic decision-making processes.

Over many decades, United Nations achieved important progress towards gender equality, including historic agreements such as the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

With the main aim of empowering and attaining the rights of women and girls around the world, the most important tasks of UN Women are:

  • To provide support to intergovernmental organisms such as the Commission on the Status of Women to create policies, norms and standards that are global in scope.
  • To collaborate with Member States on the implementation of these standards through adequate technical and economic assistance for the requiring countries, and to establish effective alliances with civil society.
  • To direct and coordinate the United Nations’ work system in terms of gender equality, as well as to promote its accountability, which includes a permanent supervision of the progress made throughout the system.

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