WOMEN: Women's empowerment unfinished business, says ITC chief

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Arancha Gonzalez. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Lack of progress on women’s economic rights is the major challenge for the 21st century, according to International Trade Centre chief Arancha Gonzalez.

That’s because women are the “poorest of the poor”, so there’s “unfinished business” on gender equality, she insists.

Twenty years after pledges were made in Beijing to promote women’s rights, Ms Gonzalez tells Daniel Johnson how there’s a growing awareness that economic empowerment is a crucial first step.

Promotion image of The Empowerment Bridge: Building a Lifetime of Opportunity for Women and Girls

Building a lifetime of opportunity for women and girls

Grassroot organisations are key to women's economic empowerment, according to a representative from the private sector speaking at the UN.

Private and public sector organizations are meeting in New York to discuss how to help encourage girls and women to pursue their business dreams.

The theme of the meeting is 'The Empowerment Bridge' which focuses on the tools and tactics that women need to succeed.

Reisa Brafman is a social consciousness leader from the Eileen Fisher clothing company. Cathrine Hasselberg  asked her how grassroot organizations are tackling the issue.

Zero Discrimination Day. Promotion Image, UNAIDS.

"Open Up, Reach out" to reach zero discrimination

People around the world are uniting to celebrate diversity and reject discrimination in all its forms.

Zero Discrimination Day is being observed on 1 March under the theme "Open Up, Reach Out" as part of a global movement of solidarity to end discrimination, which affect millions of people.

The UN says discrimination at work, school and other settings reduces people's ability to participate fully and meaningfully in societies.

Among the victims of discrimination are people living with HIV, who face some form of restriction on their entry, stay and residence in some 38 countries, territories and areas.

Charlotte Sector asked Luisa Cabal, Chief of Human Rights and Law at the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) what zero discrimination means.

Presenter: Cathrine Hasselberg

Production Assistant: Ana Carmo

Duration: 10'00"

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