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


unwomen.org - Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, 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.

On 17 January, the Executive Director will join a roundtable discussion on women’s economic empowerment, hosted by Tupperware Brands, where the results of new research about confidence as a driver of women’s economic earning will be presented. Later that day, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka will provide special remarks on “the challenge of connecting the unconnected from a perspective of women and girls” at a special programme of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development and WEF, “Internet for All”. 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.