UN Women and Sunlight Launch Learning Platform to Advance Women’s Economic Empowerment in Indonesia

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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UN Women and Sunlight Launch Learning Platform to Advance Women’s Economic Empowerment in Indonesia

WeLearn, Online Learning Platform to Empower Women

Jakarta, Indonesia — Today, UN Women and Unilever’s brand Sunlight launched WeLearn, a new online learning platform that aims to improve equal learning opportunities to empower women who want to start or grow their business through skill development.

Supported by Sunlight, UN Women’s WeLearn online learning platform offers free, customized and skills-based learning paths and access to a community of learners. Co-designed with women entrepreneurs and in partnership with industry experts, WeLearn’s curricula comes in various formats to help women progress and complete lessons and modules at their own pace and at a time suitable for them.

Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) plays a critical role in Indonesia as the economic backbone, with its high contribution to business establishment (99 per cent) and to GDP is 60 per cent in 2018 . The total number of MSMEs in 2018 reached 57.83 million with more than 60 per cent managed by women (or equal to 37 million women entrepreneurs).

“Despite progress on women’s economic empowerment, women entrepreneurs continue to experience challenges in accessing skills development and face barriers to securing capital to start and grow their businesses and accessing business networks, in large part due to discriminatory and cultural norms. Increasing access to entrepreneurial opportunities is about ensuring that women learn the skills necessary to adapt to changing world of work and market development and for women to be able to make decision about their own lives. Through WeLearn we will provide learning opportunities that respond to the needs of, and empower women to transform their lives, families, and communities,” said UN Women Indonesia Representative Jamshed Kazi.

“As Sunlight, we are delighted to be collaborating with UN Women on the WeLearn initiative. This is aligned with our purpose to unleash the untapped power of women in society and help 5 million Indonesian women discover their limitless potential and achieve their entrepreneurial dreams by 2022. We believe that empowering women by providing learning opportunities will inspire and support women to start and grow their business,” said Veronica Utami, Director of home care Unilever Indonesia & Dirt is Good SEA-ANZ.

Since its inception in the 1800s, Sunlight's purpose has been to improve the lives and wellbeing of women. Sunlight has been accompanying Indonesian women since the 1980s and understands that many women spend most of their family time in the kitchen and doing chores, and sometimes forget to think about their passions and pursue their dreams. Sunlight believes that housework should not get in the way of any woman achieving her dreams.

Piloting WeLearn in Indonesia, the UN Women - Sunlight partnership sets out to empower at least 5,000 women entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs in greater Jakarta, Yogyakarta, and Malang. As an initial step, the WeLearn platform provides learning material on entrepreneurship targeting aspiring women to help them prepare for and start their business. The materials, accessibility and user-friendliness of the platform have been tested by women entrepreneurs. Widya Esthi Riany, who owns a pasta business and participated in the user testing exercise said, “The WeLearn platform is useful and relevant especially for those who just recently started their business because the lessons provide us with guidelines”. In the coming months, WeLearn will expand to offer more learning topics on entrepreneurship and leadership for women interested in learning to grow their businesses.

Unilever and UN Women have been working together since 2015 to empower women and girls worldwide. This new collaboration to support the learning platform strengthens Unilever and UN Women joint efforts to promote women’s rights and equal opportunities in the economy.

About UN Women

UN Women is the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, the organization was established in 2010 to accelerate progress on women’s rights worldwide. UN Women’s efforts are based on the fundamental belief that every woman has the right to live a life free from violence, poverty, and discrimination, and that gender equality is a prerequisite to achieving global development.

About WeLearn

WeLearn is an online learning platform, powered by UN Women, for women entrepreneurs and for women who aspire to start their own business. WeLearn provides free, easy-to-use, interactive learning courses, providing A to Z learning paths, to equip women with the skills and knowledge to transform their dreams into business success. The content is co-designed by women entrepreneurs and aggregated in partnership with industry experts. The platform can be accessed on: welearn.unwomen.org

About PT Unilever Indonesia, Tbk

PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk has been operating since 1933 and is the leading fast-moving consumer goods company in Indonesia. Unilever Indonesia proudly sponsors 42 brands that is divided into 2 segments, namely Home, Beauty & Personal Care (“H,B&PC”) and Food & Refreshment (“F&R”). Unilever Indonesia became publicly listed in 1982 and its shares are listed and traded on the Indonesia Stock Exchange.

Unilever is strongly committed to move forward together with Indonesia. For the nine-month period ended 30 September 2019, the Company’s net sales reached IDR 32.4 trillion where H,B&PC and F&E net sales are IDR 22.4 trillion and IDR 10 trillion respectively. Net profit of the Company reached IDR 5.5 trillion.

Unilever has nine factories, which are in Cikarang and Rungkut, all factories have obtained Halal certification from the Indonesian Council of Ulama.

Globally, in 2010 Unilever launched the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) is our blueprint for achieving our vision to grow our business, whilst decoupling our environmental footprint from our growth and increasing our positive social impact. USLP has three main goals:

  1. Improving health of 1 billion people in 2020
  2. Halve the environmental footprint of its business operations in 2030
  3. Enhancing livelihoods of millions of people in 2020

For further information about USLP achievements please visit: www.unilever.co.id/sustainable-living/ and for other information about Unilever Indonesia and brand, please visit: www.unilever.co.id and our social media assets Twitter and Instagram @UnileverIDN, Facebook Unilever ID dan YouTube Unilever Indonesia

Media Contact

UN Women:
Radhiska Anggiana
Email: radhiska.anggiana@unwomen.org | Tel: 08121347144

Unilever:
Adisty Nilasari
Email: adisty.nilasari@unilever.com | Tel: 021 8082 7000