UN High-Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment: Don't leave the hardest-to-reach women behind

By Team: Private Sector Engagement 23rd Sep 2016
Josee Ntabahungu, Head of Gender and Women’s Economic Empowerment at CARE Burundi, at the United Nations Josee Ntabahungu, Head of Gender and Women’s Economic Empowerment at CARE Burundi, at the United Nations

CARE has welcomed the first report from the UN High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, Leave no-one behind - particularly since it draws on a lot of CARE’s work as a model for the way forward for accelerating women’s economic empowerment.

At the report presentation to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations Headquarters in New York yesterday (22 September 2016), Josee Ntabahungu, Head of Gender and Women’s Economic Empowerment at CARE Burundi, spoke on behalf of CARE in welcoming the report.

Josee said:

CARE fully supports the UN High Level Panel’s report, ‘Leave no-one behind’.

We welcome this call to action, because women globally still face a long list of economic and gender barriers stopping them from realising their full potential.

We need action in every country to tackle inequality, but it is the hardest to reach women and girls who must not be forgotten in favour of easier wins.

For decades CARE has worked to strengthen women’s role as producers, workers, entrepreneurs and consumers.

And we will continue to do so. As part of our long-term commitment, CARE pledges to ensure that 30 million women have greater access to and control over economic resources by 2020.

Fiona Jarden

Fiona’s experience in financial inclusion began in remote Australian Aboriginal communities, where she worked for a number of years to address barriers families faced through financial exclusion and generational poverty. She later went on to lead financial inclusion programmes for these same communities and led on major projects with Westpac Bank to strengthen their ability to link with poor customers. Additionally she has worked for the Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the United Nations as a policy advisor across agendas including the sustainable development goals.

Fiona has a MA in International Development with a specialisation in development economics from the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Email: Jarden@careinternational.org

Twitter: @FiJarden