Advancement of Women – January 18, 2017

Newsletter on the Advancement of Women 

UN Women Executive Director to call on businesses to power up sustainable development and women’s economic empowerment in Davos

edindavos-675pxUN Women – January 15, 2017: The executive Director of UN Women will travel to Davos, Switzerland for the 47th Annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) from 17 – 21 January. At the WEF, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka will meet with leaders in government, civil society and business, to strengthen alliances to drive women’s economic empowerment and call for active engagement and leadership of business in fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals and advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment…. Together with ITU, the Executive Director will also announce EQUALS: The Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age, a global partnership platform that will pool experiences, expertise and resources to scale up good practices that ensure no woman or girl is left behind…

Secretary Elaine Chao Drives Toward Quick Confirmation

chaoconfirmationRoll Call – January 11, 2017: On Wednesday morning, Sen. Mitch McConnell’s most important title in the Senate wasn’t majority leader. It was husband… The majority leader introduced Chao at what turned out to be a highly collegial Commerce Committee confirmation hearing… Chao’s résumé is among the most impressive and extensive of the Trump nominees. She served as Labor secretary for the entirety of the George W. Bush administration. She also led the Peace Corps and held senior positions at the Transportation Department that required the consent of the Senate.

Clinton returns to State; A reception celebrating the completion of the U.S. Diplomacy Center Hillary Clinton Pavilion 

clintonpavilionPolitico – January 10, 2017: Clinton is one of four secretaries of state — John Kerry, Henry Kissinger and James Baker are the others — who will have exhibition halls named after them at the Diplomacy Center. The pavilion bearing the name of the former Democratic presidential nominee, who hoped to break the glass ceiling by becoming the first woman elected president, serves as a glass entrance (including its ceiling) to the Diplomacy Center.

UN Women releases CEDAW for Youth

cedaw-for-youthUN Women – December 19, 2016: Today UN Women and the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development’s Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality celebrated the launch of CEDAW for Youth, the youth-friendly version of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), as well as recognized the 37th anniversary of CEDAW’s adoption with a special event at the UN Women Headquarters in New York. Often described as the international bill of rights for women, CEDAW is an international legal instrument that requires countries to eliminate discrimination against women and girls in all areas and promotes women’s and girls’ equal rights.



Launch of Women’s leadership initiative for peace and stability in Africa

puri_germanyandau_dec2016_15_675x450UN Women – December 16, 2016: UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri, together with the Permanent Representative of Germany to the U.N., Harald Braun and the Permanent Observer of the African Union to the U.N., Téte António, launched the “Women’s Leadership Initiative for Stability in Africa” on 14 December at an event in New York. The two-year initiative, starting in 2017 and generously funded by the Government of Germany, aims to strengthen African women leaders’ capacity to build sustainable peace in the continent. It will establish a network of African women leaders, facilitate their participation in major international and regional events and invest in increasing African women’s participation in national electoral processes, among other measures.

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