Panel “Policymaking, Economic Empowerment and Related Rights of Women and Marginalized Sectors: Issues, Opportunities, Perspectives and Frontiers”


What: The Panel “Policymaking, Economic Empowerment and Related Rights of Women and Marginalized Sectors: Issues, Opportunities, Perspectives and Frontiers” will convene representatives of government agencies, businesses, women’s organizations, civil society and academia for discussions on policymaking and advocacy for the full and equal economic participation of women and the marginalized sectors.

Discussions are also expected to help raise awareness of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and catalyze commitments to invest in gender-inclusive business culture, including consideration of human rights law and legislation to strengthen policy implementation.

The event is organized by UN Women’s WeEmpowerAsia programme, which is funded by the European Union. The programme supports companies in implementing the WEPs and a gender-inclusive business culture in seven countries in Asia, including the Philippines. A full agenda and list of speakers can be found here.

When: October 15, 2020 (1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Philippine time)

Where: Online (Zoom)

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


For more information, please contact:

Rosalyn Mesina
Country Programme Manager, WeEmpowerAsia Philippines
UN Women Philippines
Email: [ Click to reveal ]

Bovornpong Vathanathanakul
Communications Analyst, WeEmpowerAsia
UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Email: [ Click to reveal ]

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About WeEmpowerAsia
WeEmpowerAsia is a UN Women programme funded by and in partnership with the European Union that 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 involves mobilising private sector companies to become gender-responsive by committing to and implementing the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). For more, visit

About Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs)
The Women's Empowerment Principles - Equality Means Business 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.