UN Women Jordan Launches Women’s Empowerment Principles Network

WEPs

On Wednesday, UN Women Jordan launched the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Jordan Network, to strengthen the role of the private sector in promoting and improving gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE),

The launch was attended by more than 100 key stakeholders, including the Social Security Investment Fund (SSIF), Amman Stock Exchange (ASE), Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW), International Finance Corporation (IFC), Mashreq Gender Facility (MGF), Ministry of Labor (MoL), Jordan Chamber of Commerce and Jordan Chamber of Industry, International Labor Organization (ILO), UN Global Compact (UNGC), and WEPs signatory companies in the Kingdom, among a number of other partners.

During the opening remarks, UNGC Jordan Board Member, Samer Al Madhoun, spoke about the UNGC-UN Women partnership for WEPs. After which, JNCW Secretary-General, Salma Al Nims, discussed the Kingdom’s gender equality commitments and stressed the important role of the private sector in relation to their achievements.

“Inclusive work environments benefit both employers and employees, women, and men alike, by boosting productivity, expanding market opportunities, and creating real benefits for the economy in the workplace, marketplace and the community. We welcome the commitment of WEPs signatories to catalyze change and promote women’s empowerment through the WEPs community”

UN Women’s Representative in Jordan, Ziad Sheikh

About WEPs

According to the official website, “The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) are a set of Principles offering guidance to business on how to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community. Established by UN Global Compact and UN Women, the WEPs are informed by international labour and human rights standards and grounded in the recognition that businesses have a stake in, and a responsibility for, gender equality and women’s empowerment.”

It also read, “WEPs are a primary vehicle for corporate delivery on gender equality dimensions of the 2030 agenda and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. By joining the WEPs community, the CEO signals commitment to this agenda at the highest levels of the company and to work collaboratively in multistakeholder networks to foster business practices that empower women. These include equal pay for work of equal value, gender-responsive supply chain practices and zero tolerance against sexual harassment in the workplace.”

WEPs Jordan

At the moment, the local WEPs platform includes more than 5,700 signatories globally, 74 of which are based in the Kingdom. The WEPs Jordan Network gathers like-minded WEPs signatories from Jordan aiming to work together to achiece mutual goals and themes.

During a workshop after the launch, WEPs Jordan members voted for the 2022 themes, aiming to focus on leadership and the workplace. Leadership addresses issues related to Principle One: corporate leadership for gender equality, while the workplace addresses issues related to Principle Two- Non: discrimination in the workplace and Principle Three: Employee health and safety in the workplace.

WEPs Jordan aims to increase both national ownership and sustainability of the WEPs by creating a gender-sensitive ecosystem of companies that drive the gender equality agenda forward throughout the value chain.

WEPs Jordan seeks to:

  • Engage changemakers in like-minded companies and stakeholders with similar values
  • Exchange knowledge and experiences with GEWE
  • Identify and benchmark best practices and new business trends
  • Build and strengthen business connections and supply chains
  • Access untapped opportunities, acquire new business leads and foster business practices that empower women
  • Identify mutual interests and work towards a common purpose
  • Set norms for the private sector
  • Invest in the future by contributing to creating an equitable world and removing barriers

Source: WEPs Website and Petra News


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