Women’s economic empowerment is key to the realisation of women’s rights, and to achieving a truly gender equal world. Overcoming gender inequality, in turn, is not only a pressing moral and social issue but also a critical economic challenge. In a full potential scenario, in which women play an identical role in labour markets to that of men, as much as USD 28 trillion or 26% could be added to the global GDP by 2025.
The 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women comes at a decisive moment, as we stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will profoundly alter the way we live, work and relate to one another. In light of these developments and of the priority theme of CSW61 – Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work – the Netherlands’ civil society has identified a set of priorities for the Agreed Conclusions of CSW61. This afternoon a robot presented the priorities to Sjoerd Warmerdam (Directorate Gender and LGBT Equality at Ministry of Education, Culture and Science).