Women's Empowerment Principles one year later

Equality Means Business: Putting Principles into Practice, 9 - 10 March

This special event marked the First Anniversary of the launch of the Women's Empowerment Principles - a set of seven steps companies can take to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. Co-hosted by UN Women and the UN Global Compact Office, international representatives from business, government, civil society and the UN have met to take stock of how the Principles have been put into practice and identify areas for improvement. The event also honored the 100th Annual International Women's Day.

In this occasion, Ms. Diop, Executive Director of FAS, who was invited to the event, explained that "the private sector in Africa can be a force for good to address conflict in Africa. However, the private sector can also be part of the problem". "If we do not take advantage of the opportunity to fully include 50% of the population in economic activity, we risk exacerbating/worsening the inequalities that often lead to conflict", she said.

Finally she added that "in the spirit of the Women's Empowerment Principles, we should offer training to women in business practices and computer skills, serve as mentors, and make loans accessible to women with fair terms and interest rates". Something that FAS does through its programme Women-Led Business

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The Women's Empowerment Principles offer practical guidance to business and the private sector on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. Developed through a partnership between UN Women and the United Nations Global Compact, the Principles are designed to support companies in reviewing existing policies and practices - or establishing new ones - to realize women's empowerment. The development of the Principles included an international multi-stakeholder consultation process, which was launched in March 2009.

In brief, the Principles are:

   1. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality.

   2. Treat all women and men fairly at work - respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination.

   3. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers.

   4. Promote education, training and professional development for women.

   5. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women.

   6. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy.

   7. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality


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