29 September 2020 – Driving corporate commitments on gender equality and women’s health

Join the interactive multi-stakeholder dialogue on 29 September 2020, 10:00-11:15am (EST). This is a parallel event of the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly which we will be co-hosting with the United Nations Foundation’s Universal Access Project.

A quarter century after the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, substantial gaps remain in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 3 on health and well-being for all and SDG 5 on gender equality, around the world.

The global COVID-19 pandemic, given its disproportionate impact on women and girls the risk of deepening equalities, has laid bare the urgency of considering gendered impacts and adopting gender-responsive solutions, including for companies with global supply chains that employ large numbers of women who are uniquely positioned to help achieve the SDGs.

WBA will feature the results of its ground-breaking Gender baseline report

This report sheds light on the corporate gender impacts of the apparel industry’s most influential companies globally across their full value chain.

The United Nations Foundation will unveil its second round of 5 corporate commitments on women’s health and empowerment and share its progress report on 11 existing commitments as part of a discussion on how to drive meaningful corporate action on SDGs 3 and 5, among others.


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We are happy the following speakers will take part:

  • Moderator: Seema Jalan, Executive Director, Universal Access Project of the United Nations Foundation
  • Shamistha Selvaratnam, Interim Gender Benchmark Lead, World Benchmarking Alliance
  • David Wofford, Interim Director, Private Sector Action on Women’s Health and Empowerment, Universal Access Project of the United Nations Foundation
  • Lavanya Garg, Good Business Lab
  • Perpetua Waithera, NOPE Kenya
  • 5 corporate commitment makers on women’s health and empowerment

The discussion will elevate meaningful commitments to women’s health and empowerment and transparency related to gender equality and women’s empowerment by the business community to ensure that those who are invisible are made visible and not left behind in the call for a true Decade of Action on the SDGs.

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