International Women’s Day

Rockcheck Puji Foundation and UN Women reach cooperation with intention to support women recover from COVID-19

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020

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The Rockcheck Puji Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UN Women on 8 March 2020 and reach cooperation with intention to establish a programme to support women recover from COVID-19.

Gender perspective is indispensable in humanitarian actions including health emergencies like COVID-19. Existing evidence show that women are more vulnerable, more likely to fall into poverty and lack access to information and resources for recovery. However, women are also at the forefront in response to emergencies and untapped resources for community stability and resilience. Their contribution and professionalism to meet both the immediate and recovery needs of their families as well as of their communities should be recognized.

In view this, under the new partnership, the programme aims to support women owned small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and workers recover from economic loss brought by COVID-19, build their resilience of women-led small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to future shocks and promote women’s leadership and capabilities in awareness raising on preventive measures and recovery.

“As the country moves forward to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, whole-of-society approach is needed in medium- and long-term recovery efforts. Lessons from around the world show that women play a crucial role in recovery and resilience building for themselves, their families and communities at large. Women are also likely to suffer the biggest impact as a large number of women are employed in service and manufacturing sector and work as small business owners and daily wage earners. UN Women China is pleased to join hands with Rockcheck Puji Foundation to support women led businesses and women workers in affected areas recover from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. This is part of our commitment to support country’s overall efforts in bouncing back the business and bring women and their leadership at the forefront of building a resilient society. ”—Smriti Aryal, Head of the UN Women China office.

“Facing this epidemic, we would like to thank a special group—female medical workers, who have experienced various pressures and stick to the frontline—They have taken on social responsibilities and made great contribution in this anti-epidemic fight. At the same time, the outbreak of COVID-19 has serious impact on the economy. Due to the delay of returning to work and schools, many professional women need to take more responsibilities. To cooperation with UN Women is also to make joint efforts to better support and empower women in difficulties, mobilise women workers and businesses in promoting preventive measures, hygiene practices and safety, to join effort in the middle and recovery stage of epidemic prevention.”—Zhang Junting, Chairwoman of Rockcheck Puji Foundation.

The Rockcheck Puji Foundation, acting as the CSR branch of Rockcheck Group, is one of the very first charities recognized by Tianjin Municipal People’s Government.

2020 is a crucial year for advancing gender equality. Signing the MoU on the International Women's Day in 2020 is of great significance for accelerating the actions and progress of Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and all the national commitments made by China.

荣程普济公益基金会与联合国妇女署达成合作意向,助力女性从疫情中恢复

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2020年3月8日 ,荣程普济公益基金会和联合国妇女署签署谅解备忘录,达成合作意向,开展项目助力女性从此次新冠病毒疫情中尽快恢复。

性别视角在人道主义救援中不可或缺,特别是新冠病毒类突发公共卫生事件的应急响应。研究表明,女性在面临类似事件中更加脆弱、更易因此陷入贫困,且更缺乏疫后恢复所需的信息和资源。但同时,女性在一线发挥着重要作用,从应急响应到促进社区稳定与恢复,各行业女性在家庭、社区和社会中扛起应对疫情的贡献、期间体现出的专业度都应被认可。

鉴于此,在新的合作下,项目旨在帮助女性中小企业和女性工人从疫情带来的经济损失中快速恢复,加强女性中小企业应对未来危机和应急规划的能力和韧性,并宣传各行业女性在应对疫情和恢复期的贡献,提升女性领导力和公众对性别平等的认识。

联合国妇女署中国办公室国别主任安思齐表示:“当中国采取措施减轻疫情影响时,‘社会整体化方法’需要运用在中长期的疫情恢复中。世界各地的经验教训表明,女性在为个人、家庭和整个社区的疫后恢复和韧性建设方面发挥着至关重要的作用。而且,女性可能遭受的影响巨大,因为大量妇女受雇于服务业和制造业,她们之中既有小型企业领导者,也有日薪工作者。联合国妇女署中国办公室很高兴与荣程普济公益基金会携手帮助受疫情影响地区的女企业家和女性工人从疫情中恢复。这是我们承诺的一部分,支持中国为全面恢复经济而做出的努力,并使女性及其领导力在建设韧性社会的第一线发挥作用。”

荣程普济公益基金会理事长张君婷提到:“在此次疫情期间,我们要特别感谢一个特殊的群体——经受着压力坚守在一线的女医护人员。她们担负起了社会责任,为防疫工作出重大贡献,我们向她们致敬。同时,新冠病毒病毒突发卫生事件对经济影响很大,由于复工和开学时间延后,很多职业女性身上的负担也更重。通过此次与联合国妇女署的合作,我们希望支持并赋权予困境中的女性,呼吁传达个人卫生防护和企业如何做好卫生安全防护等正确知识,共同做好防疫中后期保卫战工作。”

荣程普济公益基金会作为天津荣程祥泰投资控股集团有限公司的公益慈善窗口,是天津市首批认定的慈善组织之一。

2020是推动性别平等的关键一年,该备忘录在2020年国际妇女节当天签署,对于加速推动《北京宣言》、《北京行动纲领》以及中国国家承诺的行动和进展来说意义重大。