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Ahead of CSW68: which policies can unlock women's economic rights & empowerment?

Time (GMT +01) 16:30 18:00


Gendered economic inequalities are among the most persistent and significant of all global gender gaps.

An important contributing factor remains the underlying gender norms that keep women excluded from economic gains. Data from 2021 indicates a global 72% labour force participation rate for men, compared with 47% for women – this is a gap of 25 percentage points. Often, economic interventions and approaches pay little attention to gender norms, failing to explicitly tackle what continues to inhibit women’s rights and empowerment.

Ahead of CSW68, ODI Europe and UN Women are convening an in-person event in Brussels to launch ALIGN's new report which outlines key evidence on successful approaches to shift norms underpinning gendered economic inequalities at community, workplace and policy levels.

CSW68 provides a strategic opportunity to amplify and integrate a norms lens to enhance policy responses in UN agreements and advance outcomes aligned with the priority theme. This launch event will showcase ALIGN’s new research on women’s economic rights and empowerment, providing a platform to delve into the report’s findings, hosting leading thinkers and policy experts to explore the recommendations for an EU audience.

Date: Thursday 7 March 2024
Time: 16:30-18:00 CET (Brussels)
Silversquare Europe, Square de Meeûs 35, Brussels.



  • Naila Kabeer

    Naila Kabeer

    Professor of Gender & Development at the Department of Gender Studies & Department of International Development, LSE

  • dr-Jemimah-Njuki

    Jemimah Njuki

    Chief of Women’s Economic Empowerment, UN Women

  • Samira Rafaela MEP

    Samira Rafaela, MEP

    Member of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality & Committee on International Trade of the European Parliament

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    Aatif Somji (Moderator)

    Senior Research Officer, Gender Equality & Social Inclusion, ODI

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    Rachel Marcus

    Senior Research Fellow, Gender Equality & Social Inclusion, ODI