WeEmpowerAsia launches the UN Women 2020 Asia-Pacific WEPs Awards

Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020

What: UN Women is launching The UN Women 2020 Asia-Pacific WEPs Awards. This will be the first awards initiative in the region to recognize exemplary business practice for gender equality aligned to UN Women and UN Global Compact’s Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs): a set of 7 principles guiding businesses to become more gender-responsive across their value chain. The WEPs Awards presents a unique opportunity for individuals and companies to get recognized and make their efforts to advance gender equality visible amongst their customers, employees and partners and inspire others to take action. 

Call for applications: The 2020 Asia-Pacific WEPs Awards are accepting applications from individuals and companies from all Asia-Pacific countries and will recognize initiatives in the following categories: Leadership, Youth Leadership (for leaders until 30 years of age), Gender-Inclusive Workplace, Gender-Responsive Marketplace, Community and Industry Engagement, and COVID-19 Action. Apply now until September 25! 

The 2020 Asia-Pacific WEPs Awards are supported by WeEmpowerAsia, a UN Women programme funded by and in partnership with the European Union that seeks to enhance gender-inclusive business cultures and create more inclusive and equitable economies in Asia-Pacific and Europe. As part of this wider initiative applicants of China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam have the chance to be recognized in local award ceremonies. All applicants will also have the opportunity to be selected as Asia-Pacific regional winners and celebrate with us in the larger regional awards ceremony. 

Key Dates:

  • September 1: Virtual Information Session (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ICT) to learn more about the Awards and How to Apply. Register here to save your spot! 
  • September 25: Applications Close  
  • October 5-9: Shortlisted applicants notified by email  
  • November 9 – 20: National UN Women 2020 Asia-Pacific WEPs Awards Ceremonies in China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam  
  • December 10: Regional UN Women 2020 Asia-Pacific WEPs Awards (time and format TBC) 

Where: Visit www.asiapacificwepsawards.org to learn more and apply now! 

Help spread the word: Download our free social media and invitation package and share them widely within your networks. Follow the hashtags #WeEmpowerAsia #WEPs10 and #WEPsAwards for updates on our Facebook and Twitter channels @unwomenasia.