The World Survey on the Role of Women in Development provides, at five-yearly intervals, an in-depth analysis of development issues affecting women. It is the main report on women in development presented to the Second Committee of the General Assembly, and thus provides critical input for enhanced attention to gender perspectives in regard to economic and development issues. In addition to intergovernmental bodies and policy makers at the national level, including national machineries for the advancement of women, the World Survey is also used extensively by entities of the United Nations system, as well as non-governmental and civil society organizations, universities and research institutes.
The relevant resolutions on ‘women in development’ provide guidance to the Secretariat on the theme of the World Survey. Accordingly, the Survey focuses on selected emerging development issues that have an impact on the role of women in the economy at national, regional and international levels. The Survey provides an assessment of the benefits accruing to women as a result of their effective participation in development, such as income, conditions of work, and decision-making. Ways and means of enhancing women’s role as agents and beneficiaries of development at the national, regional and international levels are also covered in the Survey. Key policy recommendations for women’s effective mobilization and integration in development are provided