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UN Women Launches New Council to Advance Women’s Rights

June 4, 2014 | By admin


UN Women, together with leading businesses, recently launched Private Sector Leadership Advisory Council to advance women’s rights and empowerment.

This new Council will offer advice on three areas: 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).

Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka 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 added that, “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.”

The Council is comprised of corporate leaders whose companies have a global footprint and identify as corporate citizens that already demonstrate a strong commitment to supporting women and girls.

The 10 founding members are:

  1. Mr.  Jean-Paul Agon: Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, L’Oréal
  2. Mr. Dominic Barton: Chief Executive Officer, McKinsey & Company
  3. Mr. Lloyd C.  Blankfein: Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
  4. Ms. Maureen Chiquet: Global Chief Executive Officer, Chanel
  5. Mr. Mark Cutifani: Chief Executive Officer, Anglo American plc
  6. Mr. Rick Goings: Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Tupperware Brands Corporation
  7. Mr. Christopher Graves: Global Chief Executive Officer, Ogilvy Public Relations
  8. Ms. Sally Kennedy: Chief Executive Officer, Publicis Dallas
  9. Mr. Muhtar Kent: Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
  10. Mr. Paul Polman: Chief Executive Officer, Unilever

The first chair of this invitation-only Council is Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company. He said that empowering women is one of the most important ways to accelerate growth across the global economy.



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