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UN EGM on Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work, ILO Geneva, 26-28 September, 2016

Dr. Lekha Chakraborty, faculty of NIPFP,  made a presentation on "Fiscal policy practices for women's economic empowerment" in the UN Expert Group Meeting (EGM) organized by UN Women, New York. The EGM was held to discuss the priority theme for the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 61): “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.”  The EGM was held in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) at ILO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on 26 – 28 September 2016. 


The EGM report to be submitted to UN Secretary General,  will be based on the deliberations and conclusions of the meetings and focus on women’s economic empowerment in the context of their rights at work along the continuum from unpaid to informal to formal work.




The EGM report to UNSG would address women’s empowerment in the changing world of work by assessing key issues such as: Enabling macroeconomic environments for employment creation and access to decent work for all; Global gender gaps in work and employment; Gendered pathways from unpaid to informal to formal decent work; Care economy and unpaid work; Social protection floors and measures; Rights to form, join, and mobilize through trade unions and Violence at work.


A few papers by Dr. Chakraborty on the topic are as follows:


(2016). "Asia: A Survey of Gender Budgeting Efforts," IMF Working Papers 16/150, International Monetary Fund.
(coauthored) (2016). "Engendering Intergovernmental Transfers: Is There a Case for Gender-sensitive Horizontal Fiscal Equalization?"
(coauthored)  (2016). "The 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and Measuring Gender Inequality: A Technical Articulation for Asia-Pacific," Economics Working Paper Archive wp_859, Levy Economics Institute.
(2014). "Gender-responsive Budgeting as Fiscal Innovation: Evidence from India on 'Processes'," Economics Working Paper Archive, wp_797, Levy Economics Institute.
(2014). "A case study of gender budgeting in India", Commonwealth secretariat publications.
(2014). "Gender-sensitive fiscal policies: Experience of ex-post and ex-ante Gender Budgets in Asia-Pacific" prepared for UNDP Background paper to Human Development Report.