ENGAGING PHILANTHROPY TO PROMOTE WOMEN EMPOWERMENT AND GENDER EQUALITY
22 February 2010, 3.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m., United Nations, New York
The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), held a special event, “Engaging philanthropy to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment”, organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) and the United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM) , in collaboration with the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) on 22 February 2010, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., at the United Nations Headquarters, New York City. The programme took place on International Corporate Philanthropy Day in the United States.
This event was organized as part of the preparatory process for the 2010 Economic and Social Council’s Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) on the theme, “Implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to gender equality and empowerment of women”, to be held during its annual session in July.
Chaired by the President of ECOSOC, with the participation of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the special event gathered a roster of foundations (corporate and non-corporate), private sector companies and civil society representatives that have a particular interest in the areas of gender empowerment and women’s equality. The event started with an opening plenary on “Strengthening partnerships in support of achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women”, and followed by break-out sessions on the themes, “Ending violence against women and girls” and “Promoting women’s economic empowerment”.
The audience comprised of Member States, representatives of the United Nations system, senior giving officers from philanthropic organizations and the private sector, as well as other civil society organizations.
The key objectives of the special event:
- Promote concrete initiatives by the philanthropic community and initiate new partnerships that would accelerate progress in reaching the targets in MDG 3;
- Expand multistakeholder engagement in the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE To End Violence Against Women Campaign and
- Provide a platform for all actors involved in the work of ECOSOC to increase awareness among the philanthropic community on the progress made and the challenges faced in the achievement of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 3 – to promote gender equality and empower women;
The event had a number of co-convenors dedicated to strengthening multi-stakeholder partnerships in support of gender equality and empowerment of women. These include:
United Nations Co-Convenors
- Global Compact
- International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
- International Labour Organization (ILO)
- The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
- The World Bank
- United Nations Millennium Campaign
- United Nations Foundation
- United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
- United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
- United Nations University (UNU)
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
- Arab Foundations Forum
- Council on Foundations
- Clinton Global Initiative
- Global Alliance for ICT and Development
- Global Health Council
- Women's Funding Network
- World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists