September 29, 2016


From the Toronto Telegraph: “After presenting the High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment report to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Member States during the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, UN Women and the City of New York took the conversation to La Marqueta marketplace in East Harlem, New York on Friday, 23 September. A discussion on the findings of the report ensued with members of the High-Level Panel, representatives of women’s organizations and women entrepreneurs, for whom the recommendations of the report has real consequence in their everyday life and livelihood.

…The High-Level Panel, which brings together governments, civil society and international organizations, businesses, trade unions and academics, focuses strongly on a bottoms-up approach to women’s economic empowerment. Its first report, issued last week, puts the lives of women working in the informal sector, domestic workers and women’s unpaid work and care at the heart of the economic empowerment agenda.”

CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International Elizabeth A. Vazquez serves on the UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment co-chaired by Luis Guillermo Solis, President of Costa Rica and Simona Scarpaleggia, CEO IKEA, Switzerland. Commenting on the latest report, Elizabeth said:

“I’m thrilled to serve on the UN High Level Panel, because it’s an opportunity to find real solutions and inspire meaningful change for women on a global scale. This report is just the first step in identifying ways governments, the private sector and civil society can collaborate in support of women and the countless ways women contribute to a sustainable, inclusive, global economy.”