The role of women in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

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The City of Knowledge Foundation and the Women Corporate Directors of Panama (WCD-Panama), held the forum "The new global development agenda 2030: The role of women in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals", on Monday, August 22 at the City of Knowledge Convention Center. Eugenia Piza López, Director of the Gender Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean of UNDP, gave the conference.

The event began with welcoming remarks by Larú Linares, Female Entrepreneurship Manager of the City of Knowledge Innovation Center, who spoke about the help provided by the Innovation Center for female entrepreneurs to create businesses with more solid ideas, through the Canal de Empresarias program. "The idea of today's event is that we get a much clearer picture of how women are impacting the development of our society," said Linares.

Meanwhile Mercedes Eleta de Brenes, President of WCD–Panamá, explained that her organization promotes the incorporation of professional women to directive boards in companies, so that there is more gender equality. "We must emphasize in further advancing the role of women in the world because there is still long way to go," said Eleta.

Eugenia Piza López spoke about Sustainable Development Goals and the importance of them becoming a tool that people can use. "The Sustainable Development Goals were signed by all governments that belong to the UN system, are universal, and try to improve the quality of life of all individuals," said Piza López. Additionally, she added, "there are many women who are encapsulated in unpaid work because there is an ideological chain that justifies discrimination against them."

López also spoke about the role of Panamanian women by mentioning that they often have more informal employment that is less decent and safe, that one of every three women leave school to help with household chores, that 18% of Parliament are women, that there is no woman judge, that the maternal mortality rate is very high, and that there are jobs for men and for women which are worse paid. "To combat this, we are going to have at the City of Knowledge, in late November, the 3rd Global Business Forum for Gender Equality, where we will have great speakers and workshops to find solutions to this problems," added Lopez.

Sustainable Development Goals include: ending poverty; zero hunger; goof health & well-being; quality education; gender equality; clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure; reducing inequalities; sustainable cities and communities; responsible production and consumption; climate action; life below water; life on land; peace, justice and strong institutions; and partnerships for the goals.

About Eugenia Piza López

Eugenia Piza López works on the nexus of governance, peace building and security. She has over 20 years of experience in governance, conflict prevention, disarmament, demobilization and gender in the Arab States, Central America, Southeast Asia and the United Kingdom. She has authored numerous chapters in books and manuals on governance, conflict prevention, small arms and gender and has public speaking experience at the UN General Assembly, the UN Security Council and Preparatory Committees for the UN Small Arms and Women’s Conferences. She holds a Master’s in Social Communication from Leicester University (UK), a degree in Media and Sociology from the University of Costa Rica and a Diploma in the History of Art from London University.