The current state of affairs does not look good. According to UN Women, achieving full gender equality could take close to 300 years at the current rate of progress. This is a sobering finding and should provide us with an even stronger call to action. It is clear that without action, the erosion of the rights of women and girls will continue.
For really meaningful progress, the private and public sector will need to collaborate and place women and girls at the centre of all aspects of decision making, including through gender-responsive laws, policies, and budgeting. We need a truly multidimensional and multi-sectoral approach.
We are calling on our industry leaders and stakeholders to join forces and accelerate efforts to make gender equity a reality for all.
Sign the Women’s Empowerment Principles
The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) are a set of principles offering guidance to business on how to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community. Established by UN Women and UN Global Compact, the WEPs are informed by international labour and human rights standards and grounded in the recognition that businesses have a stake in, and a responsibility for, gender equality and women’s empowerment.
All businesses stand to benefit from gender equality and women’s empowerment. The WEPs platform offers the private sector a global network of like-minded companies and guidance on advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community. Support for the seven Principles has gathered global momentum – thousands of companies worldwide are now WEPs champions – and therewithin also contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.
The WJI 2030 strongly urges you to become signatories of the WEPs and demonstrate your commitment to the gender equality dimensions of the 2030 agenda through leadership and commitment at the highest level of your company.
Joining the WEPs Network is Straightforward:
- Download the CEO Statement of Support, have it signed by your company’s CEO, and submit it with your application below
- Please consult the How to Complete the Application (English, French, Japanese) guidelines and follow the instructions for an easy and faster process
- Complete your application form here
When filling out the application, under “WEPs sponsor/referral” please select “other” and write WJI 2030 as your source of referral.
WJI 2030 strongly believes in accelerating commitment and action in order to forward the 2030 agenda, and therefore kindly urge you to become a WEPs signatory and work collaboratively in multistakeholder networks to foster business practices that empower women.
Gender Gap Analysis Tool (WEPs Tool)
The Women’s Empowerment Principles Gender Gap Analysis Tool (WEPs Tool) is a business-driven tool designed to help companies from around the world assess gender equality performance across the workplace, marketplace, and community.
WEPs Gender Responsive Procurement Tool Guidance Note
The UN Women’s Empowerment Principles – Gender-Responsive Procurement (GRP) Assessment Tool allows companies to assess progress on their GRP policies and practices on gender-responsive procurement. This self-assessment tool is available to all WEPs signatories. Consisting of 31 questions, the tool identifies gaps and areas for improvement based on inputs provided by the company.
Integrating Diversity, Inclusion, and Women’s Empowerment into Corporate Management
Read this case study to learn about how Timeline Consultancy leveraged its position to help client companies set up employee representative mechanisms with adequate participation of women through its consulting services.
More tools: see here Resources | weps
More case studies: see here Case Study | weps