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    Opening session. March 13/2017
    Presentation by UN Undersecretary General and Executive Director of UN Women

    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

    What we are up against; some statistics she provided.
    • 2% GDP Investment into care economy just in 7 countries could create over 21 million jobs.
    • More than 50% women workers around the world and up to 90% in some countries are informally employed.
    • More than 150 countries have laws that discriminate against women.
    • Changing the laws would affect more than 3 billion women and girls worldwide.
    • Each year women work 3 months more than men for equivalent pay. Global pay gap average is 23%.
    • 90% of future jobs estimated to need digital literacy.
    • 200 million fewer women than men online.
    • Advancing women’s equality could bring potential boost of $28 trillion to global GDP by 2025.
    • Recommends applying “constructive impatience” to speed up implementation of 2030 agenda and not leaving anyone behind.
    Submitted by Sophie Turner Zaretsky, 3/13/2017

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