Experts highlight women’s empowerment as a pathway for development at 9th Kuwait Women’s Conference

Date: Sunday, November 17, 2019

Panel discussion at the 9th Kuwait Women’s Conference. Photo: UN Women/Diego De La Rosa

Gender experts, government and UN officials along with civil society and private sector representatives from the Arab states region gathered at the 9th Kuwait Women’s Conference to discuss challenges and approaches in implementing Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG5) on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Organized by Kuwait’s General Secretariat for the Supreme Council for Planning and Development (GSSCPD), the Women’s Research and Studies Center at Kuwait University, UNDP Kuwait and UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States, the 9th Kuwait Women’s Conference discussed lessons learned and key elements of success to overcome various policy and implementation bottlenecks to advance SDG5 in Kuwait and the region.

The event featured substantive discussions on the use of data innovation and statistics for gender empowerment, strategies to enhance women’s political participation and leadership, the role of the State and civil society to combat violence against women, inclusive approaches to strengthen women’s economic empowerment and the role of the private sector in promoting gender equality in the region, including through the Women’s Empowerment Principles.

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