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This year, in honour of and the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women and International Women’s Day theme, UN Women put a spotlight on the intersectionality of gender inequality and climate change with an event on the theme: “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow,” underscoring how women and girls continue to bear the burden of climate change while leading empowerment and sustainability efforts across the globe.
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Today, the Australian Government in collaboration with UN Women launched a new programme to tackle gender inequality in procurement systems.
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Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) play a significant role in Indonesia– they provide employment opportunities and reduce income inequalities, which drives the country’s economy forward and promotes social inclusion, as reported by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 2018.
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A roadmap for Thailand’s journey to gender equality in business was presented in Bangkok on March 16, laying out guidelines for policies and business practices to improve women’s empowerment in the workplace and, by extension, the country’s progress towards sustainable social and economic development as a whole.
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Thailand’s stock exchange opened with a ceremonial bell-ringing event on March 8 in celebration of International Women’s Day.
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On December 3, 2021, winners of the annual Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Awards for 2020 and 2021 gathered at the ceremonial kick-off of the WEPs Winners Circle to celebrate gender equality champions and discuss how to further the work to advocate for women's empowerment, gender equality, diversity and inclusion across the workplace, marketplace, and community.
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These stories showcase the vision and (expected) impacts that some of the outstanding women entrepreneurs participating in WEA-initiated programmes aim to bring to creating a more inclusive workplace, marketplace, and community.
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Twenty-two companies (22) and individuals in the Asia-Pacific region were recognized this year on November 18 in a virtual ceremony streamed out of Bangkok for outstanding efforts to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in their business operations, proving that inclusivity is not only possible, but supports more resilient and competitive businesses.
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The past year has seen an encouraging rise in companies that promote gender equality in the workplace, with over 1,500 organizations in the region adopting the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). Despite the limiting effects of the pandemic, a growing number of firms now have women in leadership positions, giving them greater representation in boardrooms and a louder voice in critical business decisions.
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Private sector industry leaders from around Asia came together for the Asia Gender-Smart Investing Forum, presented by Gobi Partners and co-organized with UN Women's WeEmpowerAsia programme funded by the European Union.
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Eight outstanding Malaysian private-sector companies and corporate leaders were celebrated as gender champions of the 2021 Malaysia WEPs Award Ceremony on 29 October 2021. The champions were among applicants evaluated by a panel of six high-calibre judges from investment organizations, boards of directors, the community, academics, finance, women and youth empowerment.
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Jakarta, Indonesia  – Six Indonesian companies have received Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Awards in recognition of their contribution to the advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment. The winners of the 2021 Indonesia WEPs Awards were announced by UN Women on Friday. The awards are organized by the WeEmpowerAsia programme of UN Women with support from the European Union. This year’s WEPs Awards received 228 applications from 138 companies,...
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Ten Vietnamese companies have received the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Awards in recognition of their policies and practices to advance gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community.
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Seven distinguished companies and individuals were named winners in the latest edition of the EU-supported UN Women 2021 Thailand Women’s Empowerment Principles Awards, which recognize outstanding initiatives and practices that promote gender inclusivity in the business sector. The event marked the first time that the Awards were held in Thailand at a national level.
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New Delhi, India – A local scrap-recycling company, a leading bank and an online retailer were among 20 private companies in India to receive Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Awards in the 2021 edition of the annual competition.
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Eleven Chinese businesses were granted Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Awards by UN Women China, in partnership with the EU Delegation to China. The award ceremony took place during the 2021 International Conference on Gender Equality and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The WEPs Awards celebrate the efforts of private-sector companies in addressing gender inequalities in the new normal of a post COVID-19 world.
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Nine Philippines-based companies championing gender equality and women’s empowerment were recognized at the 2021 Philippines Women Empowerment Principles WEPs Awards by UN Women and the European Union, which distinguish outstanding initiatives and practices that promote gender inclusivity in the business sector. These winners will compete at the regional WEPs Awards in Bangkok on 18th November 2021.
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From cooking and cleaning to taking care of children and the elderly, household care work is the backbone of thriving families, communities and economies. Yet many cultures traditionally have regarded men as the breadwinners and women as the caregivers, with unpaid care work their “natural responsibility”. In China, women spend around 2.5 times as much time as men on unpaid care work.
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UN Women and Reckitt have come together to create economic opportunities for women in the health, hygiene and sanitation sectors with a commitment to promote gender equality, diversity and inclusion as well as incorporation of highest standards of governance.
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This year’s Shri Shakti (Women Power) Challenge is offering women-led companies the chance to win funding and support for technology solutions that improve women’s safety and empowerment.