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China’s companies step up support for Women’s Empowerment Principles

Thursday, March 19, 2020

A recent surge in support has brought to 74 the number of companies in China that have become official signatories to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), and started creating fairer conditions for women in the workplace, marketplace and the community. Since July 1, 2019, 44 companies have submitted the CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles. Companies become official signatories after that statement is approved. As of March 13, there were 74 official signatories in China, including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

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

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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.

Take Five: “Our mission cannot be realized without women’s economic empowerment.”

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Christian Ewert is President of amfori, a global business association for open and sustainable trade. amfori groups over 2,400 retailers, importers, brands and associations of more than 40 countries, with a combined turnover of more than 1 trillion euros. amfori recently signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), which UN Women and United Nations Global Compact developed to guide private companies to create gender-equal workplaces.

WeEmpowerAsia gives boost to female entrepreneurs in China

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Representatives of 35 leading women-owned startups from various industries gathered in Beijing on 4 December to discuss the challenges of running small- and medium-sized firms as well as ways to collaborate with the programme, WeEmpowerAsia. The programme, which promotes women in private sector businesses around Asia, had launched in China a week earlier. UN women organized the half-day consultation; women-owned companies contributed to the logistics and services.

EU-UN Women programme ‘WeEmpowerAsia’ to ‘unleash bigger opportunities’ for China’s women in business

Friday, January 3, 2020

China has strong policy frameworks in place, but there is room to “unleash bigger opportunities” for women in business and society at large, said Katja Freiwald, WeEmpowerAsia Regional Programme Manager. The ‘WeEmpowerAsia’ launch was held as part of the annual International Conference on Gender Equality and Corporate Social Responsibility on 26 November 2019 in Beijing. UN Women China hosted the conference in partnership with the European Union Delegation and the Embassy of Sweden.

Business leaders in Beijing discuss gender equality and corporate social responsibility

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

[Joint press release] Organised by UN Women China, in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to China and the Embassy of Sweden in China, the 2019 International Conference on Gender Equality and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) concluded in Beijing today, noting progress made and actions required to address gender barriers in the private sector.

2019 Conference on Gender Equality and Corporate Social Responsibility

Thursday, November 21, 2019

[Media advisory] Private sector leaders, social entrepreneurs, civil society along with European Union and UN officials will meet in Beijing to discuss the linkages between gender equality and corporate social responsibility, along with the business case for women’s economic empowerment.

From where I stand: “Empowering women benefits the entire family and our next generation.”

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Tie Lingmei 40, lives with her family in Qiaotou Village of Qinghai Province in China. With her ambition and the help of UN Women, she improved living conditions for herself as well as for many other women in her village. “I used to work as a taxi driver along with my husband in the county. Because I could not leave my child alone in my hometown, I decided to sell the car, came back and set up an agricultural cooperative with the help of our village secretary.

When more women work, economies grow: European Union and UN Women partner to boost women’s economic rights and opportunities in Asia

Friday, March 8, 2019

The European Union and UN Women jointly launched today a 3-year WeEmpowerAsia programme to encourage the private sector to expand economic participation and business opportunities for women in seven Asian countries: China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. Funded by the EU, UN Women will implement the €8 million programme aiming to integrate gender concerns into business practices in the region. WeEmpowerAsia will promote dialogue among women’s groups and the public and private sector so as to enable a business environment that empowers women; provide skills training...

It shouldn’t be always women who tries to break the glass ceiling, we need those men who are holding the ceiling to remove it.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

According to United Nations statistics, in 2017, 87,000 women were killed worldwide, equivalent to 10 women dying every hour. “We have not been able to know the real violence situation that women are facing. Being worried about retaliated, fearing not being trusted, fearing being humiliated have been letting millions of victims cover up the truth and living in fear." As the UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, pointed in her latest...

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