What are the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs)? How do companies promote them? How are they relevant to the Indian Ocean Rim region?
This was IORA’s second webinar on the Women’s Empowerment Principles, eight standards that are helping governments and companies alike to ‘walk the talk’ when it comes to empowering women in the economy. IORA’s first WEPs webinar earlier this year provided an overview of what the WEPs are. This was IORA’s second webinar and focuses on WEP number 1: Establishing high-level corporate leadership for gender equality. This Principle highlights the critical role of leadership and the need for top-level support and policies, as well as company-wide goals for gender equality. Corporate leaders from different IORA countries were invited to discuss their motivations for signing on to the WEPs; what they have done to implement the WEPs; and what have been the results and challenges to date.
A recording of this webinar is available here.
This webinar was organised and hosted by UN Women, supported by the Australian Government, as part of a three-year project on Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Indian Ocean Rim with the collaboration of the IORA Secretariat. In addition to producing new research, the project provides capacity-building activities, including a series of webinars on the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), to foster enabling environments for women’s economic empowerment both in the public and the private sectors.
Who can participate?
These webinars are ideally suited for IORA government counterparts and Working Group members, current and potential WEPs signatories from the region, representatives of Chambers of Commerce, women’s business associations, NGOs, entrepreneurs and any other interested individuals from IORA Member States or Dialogue Partners.
The full list of activities under the IORA-UN Women partnership, supported by the Government of Australia, is available here.