UN Women commits to promoting women's economic empowerment by making available a global one-stop service platform covering the whole spectrum of issues: women's employment, entrepreneurship, leadership and access to resources; issues related to enabling policies, energy and the environment, and agriculture; as well as measuring women's economic empowerment for accountability.
The Knowledge Gateway for Women's Economic Empowerment will promote access to world expertise, knowledge mobilization and sharing, innovation and partnerships for women's economic empowerment. Through its Learning Center, the Knowledge Gateway will make available tools, manuals, training material and 'how-to's for its users to learn and grow their businesses and farms, access decent jobs and get better paid.
Based on funding from the Government of Canada, UN Women will use its in-depth knowledge and experience on promoting women's economic empowerment; its convening and coordination mandate within the UN system on gender equality and women's empowerment; and its well-established network of partners and stakeholders (including networks of women's groups and organizations) to make the Knowledge Gateway a successful knowledge, innovation and partnership platform for women's economic empowerment.
Global launch of the Knowledge Gateway during the UNGA (week of 23 September 2013) will consist of scheduled expert-led e-discussions, webinars and online training on specific issues around women's economic empowerment. Then from September 2013 onwards there will be roll out of regional launches at strategic regional events (including translation of the KG into Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish). From October 2013 to February 2014 there will be continuous enhancement of the IT platform. From September 2013 onwards this project will continuously generate new content and tools for women's economic empowerment along with a review of progress made and results achieved (annually). The end of 2015 will be an evaluation of results.
Investing in women's economic empowerment sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth. Women make enormous contributions to economies, whether in businesses, on farms, as entrepreneurs or employees, or by doing unpaid care work at home. They also remain disproportionately affected by poverty, discrimination and exploitation. Gender discrimination means women often end up in insecure, low-wage jobs, and constitute a small minority of those in senior positions. It curtails access to economic assets such as land and loans. It limits participation in shaping economic and social policies. And, because women perform the bulk of household work, they often have little time left to pursue economic opportunities.
UN Women invites CGI members to join the Knowledge Gateway and contribute their resources, tools and expertise by, for example, registering as users, contributing publications and reports on women's economic empowerment, providing feature and success stories, promoting it on their websites/social media, leading e-discussions and webinars on pertinent issues for women's economic empowerment. Financial resources to help localize the Knowledge Gateway at the national and local levels and to sustain its long-term operation are also being sought.
UN Women offers the opportunity for CGI members to become partners of the Knowledge Gateway.