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Equality for All Roundtable – Building Momentum in the Watch & Jewellery Industry

On March 7th leaders of US industry gathered at the UN Women WEPs Secretariat to discuss the launch of the WJI 2030 “Equality for All” programme for the industry’s associations. Participants included Tiffany Stevens, CEO and General Council, and Rebecca Foerster, Chairman, of Jewelers Vigilance Committee, John W. Ford, Sr., CEO, AGTA, Lisa Koenigsberg, President, Initiatives in Art and Culture, Jenny Luker, President, Platinum Guild International, Jen Marraccino, Senior Director of Development, Pure Earth, Maliya McNaughton, Board President, Black in Jewelry Coalition, Monica Stephenson, Immediate Past President, Ethical Metalsmiths, Rebecca Villalobos, Advisor, Sustainability Programs and Strategy, Mejuri, Cristina M. Villegas, Director of Sustainable Jewelry and Strategic Initiatives, PACT.

This roundtable served as an opportunity to reflect on the current status of the industry and launch a series of consultative roundtables across the world. These global consultations will support the design and curation of guidance and practical tools for industry associations to join collective actions to activate, accelerate and report back on progress, to ultimately make gender equality and women’s rights a lived reality for current and future generations. WJI 2030 will be hosting other round tables globally. The programme will galvanize attention and action on key themes including governance, leadership, equal pay, workplaces that are diverse, inclusive, and free of violence, marketing practices, community impact and more.