New York (UN Women) - 25 September is #OrangeDay, a day of action to end all forms of violence against women and girls. This week, the day also marks an important threshold in the international campaign for gender equality and women’s rights: from September 25 to 27, the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda will take place in New York. The agenda places strong emphasis on gender equality and women’s empowerment in order for its goals to be achieved, and includes a transformative stand-alone sustainable development goal that addresses structural barriers to women’s empowerment and also important targets on gender equality in other goals. In general, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be adopted seek to change the course of the key challenges of the 21st century, such as poverty, climate change and inequality. Women’s empowerment is a pre-condition for this.
Alongside the summit, several events will be organized to look at the actions needed to accelerate efforts for women worldwide. These include:
- Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment to Action, co-hosted by UN Women and the People’s Republic of China. Over 70 world leaders are expected to make concrete commitments and firm pledges to overcome gender equality gaps, marking the first time commitments to women and girls will be made at the level of Heads of States and Government, at the UN;
- Business and Philanthropy Leaders’ Forum--Commitments to “Step It Up” for Gender Equality, co-hosted by UN Women with the Alibaba Group and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Forum will focus on closing the gender investment gap through transformational financing;
- Civil Society Thought Leaders’ Meeting convened by UN Women. About 50 civil society leaders from all over the world will be brought together to develop a road map to accelerate the results for substantive gender equality. Discussions will focus on priorities and strategies for implementation of the SDGs on the ground, and ensuring accountability by governments on their gender equality obligations.
More details on the events dedicated to women’s rights and empowerment due to take place throughout the week are available here.