There are clear discrepancies between men and women in the workforce that put women at a disadvantage. Worldwide trends of income inequality exist between men and women. In regions such as South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean, women lack the protections of labor laws, further widening the wealth disparity.
Background Report: Economic Empowerment
Women’s Access to Careers in STEM Fields
Closing the gender-gap in the STEM field can help connect millions of young women to high-quality jobs and create a strong economy. Despite growing numbers of women receiving college degrees, they remain underrepresented within STEM fields. To tackle the disparity, there need to be opportunities for creating employment pathways for women.
Background Report: Women’s Access to Careers in STEM Fields
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it was established by Council resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946.
The CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.
In 1996, ECOSOC in resolution 1996/6 expanded the Commission’s mandate and decided that it should take a leading role in monitoring and reviewing progress and problems in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and in mainstreaming a gender perspective in UN activities. Following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, the Commission now also contributes to the follow-up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development so as to accelerate the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of women (ECOSOC resolution 2015/6).