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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 and entrepreneurs: Empowering women boosts businesses

Monday, November 11, 2019

Over 120 people, mostly female business owners and entrepreneurs from South-East Asia, attended the We Empower Asia panel discussion hosted as part of the Oct. 30-31 AWEN’s Women CEOs Summit in Bangkok. AWEN is ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network. Speakers raised awareness about how empowering women in the workplace boosts bottom lines; how the Women’s Empowerment Principles -a set of guidelines on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community- can support that cause; and how companies can increase investments in gender-inclusive environments.

UN Women and WE HUB to Catalyze India’s Fashion Industry

Thursday, June 18, 2020

The #IndustryDisruptor Challenge provides entrepreneurs of all genders with female-benefitting enterprises in India the chance to tackle sustainability issues in the fashion industry. [Press Release]   NEW DELHI, INDIA – State-led incubator WE HUB will now be able to economically empower more women in India through its collaboration with the joint European Union-UN Women program WeEmpowerAsia . The cooperation will bring together startups passionate about gender...

Panel: “Empowering Women Means Business” at ASEAN Women CEOs Summit

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Private sector leaders, social entrepreneurs along with European Union and UN officials will meet in Bangkok to discuss the business case for gender equality and women’s economic empowerment at a panel hosted as part of the ASEAN Women CEOs Summit.

Across Asia, Stock Exchanges “Ring the Bell” to Advance Gender Equality

Thursday, March 5, 2020

[Joint regional press release ] The bell ringing ceremonies will start in Kuala Lumpur on 6 March, in partnership with Bursa Malaysia, followed by Mumbai and Manila on 11 March with the National Stock Exchange of India and the Philippines Stock Exchange, respectively. The series will conclude on 13 March with bell ringing ceremony in Mumbai with the Bombay Stock Exchange. Both the Indonesia Stock Exchange and the Stock Exchange of Thailand have expressed their commitment to organize similar events later this year.

Take Five: “The future of fashion can belong to everyone”

Friday, April 3, 2020

Ankiti Bose is CEO of Zilingo, an online fashion retail business (B2B and B2C). She has been featured in the Forbes Asia 30 Under 30, Fortune 40 Under 40, and Bloomberg 50 lists. In visiting Chatuchak market in Bangkok, she noticed a gap in the fashion industry: while small- and medium-sized enterprises had a lot to offer and were hungry for growth, they were ill-equipped to scale up or to compete with global players without the right tools and software. She set out to level the playing field by starting Zilingo with Chief Technical Officer Dhruv Kapoor.

UN Women and Connected Women Team up to Help More Businesses Transition to Digital

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Manila, Philippines – Social impact startup Connected Women will now be able to reach and educate more Filipino women entrepreneurs, thanks to an exciting new collaboration with the joint European Union-UN Women program WeEmpowerAsia.

Stock Exchanges ‘Ring the Bell’ for Gender Equality across Asia

Friday, February 28, 2020

[Updated] Over the course of two weeks in early March, stock exchanges across Asia, in partnership with the joint European Union-UN Women programme, WeEmpowerAsia, will hold a series of “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality” events in a symbolic gesture to mark International Women’s Day (8 March).

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.

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