Goals and principles

To accomplish the High-Level Panel’s mission, four goals must be achieved to accelerate women’s economic empowerment, under the guidance of seven principles.

Goals of the High-Level Panel

  1. Demonstrate high-level leadership and commitment.
  2. Inform and inspire action by highlighting the gains.
  3. Identify priorities for concrete, effective, scalable and transformative actions that address critical constraints and that can be taken now.
  4. Show how governments, employer and worker organizations, businesses, multilateral organizations, development partners, and civil society can work in partnerships to achieve women’s economic empowerment.

Seven guiding principles

  1. No woman left behind
    The focus must be on women at the base of the economic pyramid, regardless of their characteristics or circumstances. Leaving no one behind—including the one billion people still living in extreme poverty—is a key principle of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  2. Nothing done for women without women
    Women’s voice and participation must be central to all actions.
  3. Equal focus on rights and gains
    Enabling women’s economic empowerment is not only the “right” thing to do to honour the States’ commitment to international human rights. It is also the “smart” thing to do for human development, inclusive growth, and business.
  4. Tackle root causes
    Addressing adverse social norms and all forms of discrimination is critical. Gender inequality in the economy is rooted in and reinforces gender inequality in society.
  5. States parties must respect international human rights and labour standards
    Actions by States must be consistent with agreed-upon international standards—as laid out in the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and in International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions and recommendations.
  6. Partnerships are critical
    Progress requires action from the local to the global level and by all parts of society—individuals, businesses, governments, and civil society—often working in partnerships to achieve scalable and sustainable impact.
  7. Deliver globally
    This is a global agenda. While the challenges and solutions vary, action is needed in every country.