Expert group meeting on women’s economic empowerment in the Arab region
The Gender Justice, Population and Inclusive Development Cluster of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), in partnership with the International Labour Organization, held a virtual expert group meeting on women’s economic empowerment in the Arab region from 28 to 30 July 2020. Participants discussed the proposed structure and preliminary outline of a forthcoming study on women’s economic empowerment. Participants discussed the dynamics of women’s participation in the economy, and how to support member States to promote women’s economic empowerment and move women from unpaid to paid work. The meeting provided a platform to collect expert views and recommendations on how to strengthen and finalize the study. Participants agreed on guiding principles and recommendations enabling policymakers and development practitioners to boost women’s economic empowerment and address gender inequalities in the region.