Launch of �Progress of the World�s Women 2005: Women, Work & Poverty�

Event Type: Launch Event

Date: 16.09.05
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: United States – Church Centre for the United Nations, 777 UN Plaza (1st Avenue and 44th Street), New York. Plaza Conference Room (second floor).


UNIFEM hosted a roundtable to launch the new edition of UNIFEM's flagship publication: Progress of the World's Women 2005: Women, Work and Poverty. H.E. Mr Mwai  Kibaki, President of the Republic of Kenya, headed a distinguished panel of speakers, which included high-level representatives of the Government of Sweden, UNDP, the ILO and the private sector.

Noeleen Heyzer, UNIFEM Executive Director, introduced the report and explained its importance in the context of the 2005 World Summit discussions on eliminating poverty and hunger and achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Martha Chen, lecturer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and principal author of the report, reviewed its main findings and outlined recommendations to address them.

Women, Work and Poverty makes the case that poverty reduction strategies must look more closely at the ways in which poor working women and men earn their livelihoods in today's global economy. It provides the latest available data on the size and composition of the informal economy and compares national data on average earnings and poverty risk across segments of the labour force in different countries. The report offers new perspectives and new tools that can facilitate improved data collection, more informed public policy debates and effective strategies for ending poverty and advancing gender equality.

Distinguished guests included:

  • H.E. Mr Mwai Kibaki, President, Republic of Kenya
  • Ms Annika Söder, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden
  • Mr Shoji Nishimoto, Assistant Administrator and Director, Bureau for Development Policy, UNDP, on behalf of Mr Zéphirin Diabré, Associate Administrator, UNDP
  • Ms Maria Angelica Ducci, Executive Director, Office of the Director-General, ILO
  • Ms Martha Chen, Coordinator, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)
  • Ms Barbara Krumsiek, President and CEO, Calvert Investment Group