In both developed and developing countries, the salary gap between equally qualified men and women is still significant. While expanded international trade has created many new jobs, women tend to be found in temporary and precarious occupations with few social security benefits or opportunities for climbing the job ladder.
Clearly, men and boys, and women and girls do not enjoy the same opportunities, and do not have the same chances to either benefit from or contribute to the social and economic development of their countries.
But can societies still afford to exclude women or use only part of their talents and skills? Can the present economic and financial crisis that several countries are facing be overcome without women's full involvement in the economy? Can the democratic aspirations of many countries be met without women's full participation in the new regimes?
The Women in Development event
will aim to bring the gender issue to a new level of political prominence and spark a number of future institutional initiatives for mainstreaming gender in macroeconomic policy.
Under the chairmanship of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser and of the Secretary-General of UNCTAD, the Event will bring together policy leaders, heads of United Nations specialized agencies, representatives from academia, the private sector and civil society, including the media and advocacy and grass-roots movements.
Presentations will be organized in four thematic sessions, featuring discussions aimed at generating new insights and producing tangible recommendations and deliverables.
Following a high-level round table, the Event will conclude with the third UNCTAD Empretec Women in Business Award Ceremony
. The Award will be received by three outstanding women entrepreneurs, beneficiaries of the business development services of Empretec.