About the Panel

About the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment

Gender equality and women’s empowerment are intrinsic to the achievement of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With a stand-alone sustainable development goal—SDG 5—“to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”, the 2030 Agenda recognises the importance of women’s empowerment, including their economic empowerment, as a prerequisite for ending poverty.

There are large gender gaps in economic opportunities and outcomes in almost all countries. Women earn less, have fewer assets, bear the burden of unpaid work and care and are largely concentrated in vulnerable and low-paying activities.

To lead a discussion on closing gaps for women’s economic empowerment and in line with his leadership on and long-standing commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, during his tenure as UN Secretary-General, established the High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. The panel brings together leaders from different constituencies – governments, civil society, business and international organizations. The initiative is supported by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN-Women) in collaboration with the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID).