The final report of the United Nations High-Level Panel (UN HLP) on Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) was launched online on 14 March 2017, marking the conclusion of the one-year UN HLP process.
The second of two reports delves deeper into the seven drivers of women’s economic empowerment that were identified in the first report, namely:
  • Tackling adverse norms
  • Ensuring legal protection and reforming discriminatory laws and regulations
  • Recognizing, reducing and redistributing unpaid work and care
  • Building assets
  • Changing business culture and practice
  • Improving public sector practices in employment and procurement
  • Strengthening visibility, collective voice and representation

In the context of these seven areas, the report makes recommendations for a range of stakeholders to advance WEE. A practical toolkit of case studies and resources will also be launched to complement the report later in 2017.

Throughout the UN HLP, WIEGO has aimed to bring the voices of women informal workers into the process and to ensure that their experiences, perspectives and demands were reflected in both the first report launched at the UN General Assembly in September 2016, as well as the final report. As a result, informal work was taken on as a major focus of both reports, and quotes from WIEGO members and examples from the WIEGO network were included in both.Learn more about WIEGO’s participation in the UN HLP process.