US: UN partners private sector to advance women’s rights

New York, US (PANA) - The UN has teamed up with leading businesses to advance women’s
rights and empowerment through a new advisory council comprised of private sector chiefs
with a strong commitment to supporting women and girls.

PANA reports that the new "Private Sector Leadership Advisory Council", launched Tuesday at UN headquarters in New York, will offer advice on three areas, namely accelerating
women’s economic empowerment, ending violence against women and helping to close the funding gap for the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).

The Executive Director of UN Women, Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who spoke at the launch, said: "This Council’s focus is to accelerate economic and social progress for women and girls worldwide by combining our expertise, reach and resources for greater results."

She said that the Council is being launched at just the right time, as UN Women mobilizes for the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Women’s Conference under the theme: "Empowering
Women, Empowering Humanity".

She noted that the invitation-only Council, which will meet twice a year, is comprised of
prominent private sector leaders, whose companies have a global footprint and identify as corporate citizens that already demonstrate a strong commitment to supporting women and girls.

Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka also stated: "Given our mandate in advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women, we hope that the Council will provide the foundation necessary to further expand diversified representation in terms of company size, region, and increased
female membership."

Also speaking, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company and
first Chair of the new Council, Mr. Muhtar Kent, said that empowering women is one of the
most important ways to accelerate growth across the global economy.

He said: "By bringing together corporations, government and civil society through Golden
Triangle partnerships, we can positively impact women, their families and their communities."

Other founding members of the Council are the heads of L’Oréal, McKinsey & Company,
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc, Chanel, Anglo American plc, Tupperware Brands Corporation,
Ogilvy Public Relations, Publicis Dallas, The Coca-Cola Company and Unilever.
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