14 March 2017

CANCELLED: EWEC high-level event at CSW61: Empowering Women, Families and Communities for Health and Wellbeing and Sustainable Development for All


The Every Woman Every Child flagship event during CSW61 entitled, “Empowering Women, Families and Communities for Health and Wellbeing and Sustainable Development for All” will be held from 10:00 – 11:15 a.m. EST on 14 March in the Trusteeship Chamber at UNHQ.

It will be a moderated panel discussion about the importance of health and wellbeing to help empower women and girls in all areas. Panelists will provide perspectives on areas related to increasing women’s empowerment and help shed light on questions around human rights, policies, programmes, and as investments that can have an impact on empowerment. Participants at the event include:

Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General

Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women

Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Canada

Hon. Amna Ally, Minister of Social Protection, Guyana

H.E. Ms. Mereseini Vuniwaqa, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Fiji  

Ms. Motshedisi “Tshidi” Likate, Save the Children Champion, Founder of Beat She Can, South Africa

Ms. Angelika Arutyunova, Director of Feminist Movement Building, AWID Women’s Rights

Ms. Archana Chaudhary, Global Supply Chains Lead, Jaipur Rugs

The event will be moderated by Dr. Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General Family, Women’s and Children’s Health, WHO.

Too often, women and girls are left disproportionately vulnerable to human rights violations, discrimination and inequality, which keep them out of the health, education and employment systems, severely limiting their ability to participate in—and ultimately transform—their societies. Greater investments and increased focus are needed to protect both the health and wellbeing of women and girls as a means to ensure greater empowerment in all areas of their lives.

Please note, attendance to the event is restricted to those who hold a UN Ground Pass, are already registered for CSW, &/or RSVPed to this event.

For those who cannot attend in person, they can tune in for the live-stream via http://webtv.un.org/ during the event.

FOLLOW the conversation via #EWECisME