WeEmpowerAsia ‘Gender Equality Means Good Business’ Forum

Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2020

What: The ‘Gender Equality Means Good Business’ Forum brings together representatives of Viet Nam’s private companies and European businesses based-locally for a signing ceremony of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs).

With the theme ‘Gender Equality Means Good Business’, the Forum aims to maximise the positive contribution of business to gender-inclusive practices that empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

The company representatives will each sign the CEO Statement of Support as they commit to the seven WEPs Principles and chart the next steps to achieve gender equality, including giving women senior corporate posts and treating all workers fairly.

The Forum, timed with World Entrepreneurs’ Day this year (August 21), will also see businesses share their experiences in gender smart investment and goal setting on women’s economic empowerment at a panel discussion. To date, 3,358 businesses worldwide are signatories to the WEPs. In Vietnam, 46 CEOs have committed to the Principles (see full list here). 

Hosts of the event include the joint EU-UN Women regional programme WeEmpowerAsia and Viet Nam Women Entrepreneurs Council of the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  

Registration: Please register your participation by August 14 via email to Ms. Kim Lan NGUYEN - nguyen.lan[@]unwomen.org

When: August 18, 2020 (see tentative agenda)

Where: Ha Noi (offline event by invitation only); online (Zoom webinar open to all companies based in Viet Nam-based)

Social media: Follow the hashtags #WeEmpowerAsia for live updates on our Facebook and Twitter channels @unwomenasia and @unwomenvietnam

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Media Contacts:

  • Kim Lan Nguyen
    Country Programme Manager, WeEmpowerAsia Viet Nam
    UN Women Viet Nam
    Email: nguyen.lan@unwomen.org 
  • Bovornpong Vathanathanakul
    Communications Analyst, WeEmpowerAsia
    UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
    Email: b.vathanathanakul@unwomen.org 

About WeEmpowerAsia
WeEmpowerAsia, a programme funded by and in partnership with the European Union, seeks to increase the number of women who lead and participate in business in China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. A key component of the programme is to mobilize private sector companies to become gender-responsive by committing to and implementing the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). For more, visit www.weempowerasia.org

About UN Women
UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

About the European Union
The European Union is made up of 27 member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, during a period of enlargement of 50 years, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development while maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms.

About the Women’s Empowerment Principles
The Women’s Empowerment Principles is a joint initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact. The Principles outline seven steps for business on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. The Principles highlight that empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors and throughout all levels of economic activity is essential to build strong economies; establish more stable and just societies; achieve internationally agreed goals for development, sustainability, and human rights; improve quality of life for women, men, families and communities; and propel business’ operations and goals. For more: https://www.weps.org/about