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Bringing Down Legal Barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment: An Economic and Business Imperative

January 16, 2017
While there is data to support that closing the gender gap would increase the GDP of countries around the world and advance sustainable development globally, women continue to face a range of legal barriers to economic empowerment. According to the World Bank’s Women, Business and the Law 2016, almost 90 percent of 173 countries researched have at least one legal barrier restricting women’s empowerment. Bringing down these barriers is an economic and business imperative and critical to achieving a range of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), most notably, SDG5 and SDG16.
This high-level event, co-convened by the UN Global Compact, International Trade Centre, UN Women, East West Center and International Gender Champions Geneva, will bring together global business leaders, UN Ambassadors, heads of business associations, UN agencies and civil society organizations to discuss the opportunity to spur economic development, propel business growth and advance the Sustainable Development Goals by removing legal barriers to women’s economic empowerment. Business leaders will highlight their commitment to the UN Global Compact and the Women’s Empowerment Principles, and how good governance creates an enabling environment for sustainable and inclusive business to flourish.
To register click here

Webinar: Creating Opportunities for Economic Empowerment and Employment for Young Women

January 24, 2017
Business leaders identify the youth employment crisis as one of the most pressing global risks of our time, but also see investing in youth as one of the greatest potentials for business growth and development. There are more young people today than at any other time in history, approximately 1.8 billion, and half are women. These young people are breaking through stereotypes and creating innovative, concrete solutions to long-standing problems. Yet, although young people are creating these sustainable solutions, there is a disconnect with the formal labour force. Over the last year, youth unemployment rates have increased and the disparity in labour force participation between young women and men has widened. 
This webinar, co-hosted by the UN Global Compact, UN Women and Plan International, will highlight the opportunity and need for business to scale up action and invest in the future workforce to create economic opportunities for young women around the world, produce bottom line impacts on business growth and sustainability, and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Online Webinar
24 January 2017
10:00 am EST
To register click here.
  • UN Global Compact
  • UN Women
  • Plan International
  • Daimler (Mercedes-Benz)
  • Accenture

Celebration of Inspirational Women

January 26, 2017
Jaquie Scammell

Celebrating Inspirational Women’s Day is a permanent fixture on the Australian Open Grand Slam calendar each year. It’s an invitation only event with international and Australian guests, men and women of influence who are determined to see the end of gender discrimination. The feature of the brunch is a Panel of women who are inspirational leaders from Sports, Arts, Humanitarian, business and political backgrounds, sharing their stories and learnings as leaders in their communities.

This year's event will focus on WEPs Principle 6: Community Leadership and Engagement, promoting equality through community initiatives and advocates.


Webinar: Applying A Gender Lens to Responsible Business Practices In Conflict-Affected Areas

February 15, 2017
Half of the world’s population lives in conflict-affected and high-risk areas. Fragility, conflict and violence pose a threat to sustainable development as progress is hindered or even reversed. Furthermore, instability often leads to devastating consequences for women and girls who are disproportionately affected by conflict-situations. Conflicts are also known to widen the gap between men and women.
Peace and stability are also an essential precondition to trade, investment and economic growth. While it is often difficult to quantify the aggregate costs of war, the Global Peace Index has estimated that conflict and violence cost 13.3% of world GDP in 2015.
This webinar will explore why it is particularly important to apply a gender lens to responsible business practices in conflict-affected and high-risk areas, and highlight company practices and tools on making positive contributions to the rights of women and girls. 
To register click here
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
10:00 am EST

Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum (WVEF)

February 23, 2017 - February 24, 2017
Join the WEPs at the WVEF in Istanbul, Turkey in December to expand business relationships with pre-selected women-owned enterprises. This global event, organized by the International Trade Centre and Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey, and supported by the UN Global Compact, and other partners, brings together representatives from the private sector, government and trade support institutions to execute business partnerships.  The WVEF provides a concrete opportunity to implement WEPs Principle 5, which calls on business to expand business relationships with women-owned enterprises. The sectors that will be featured at this year’s event are: ICT and Business Services; Textiles and Garments; and Tourism. The International Trade Centre will match the sourcing specifications identified by buyers with women entrepreneurs that meet those requirements. Complete the online Buyer Profile Form to identify your sourcing needs!
The Opportunity:
  • Broaden your vendor pool and access new product and service options
  • Identify opportunities to expand and invest in the Latin American region
  • Advance CSR and Supplier Diversity commitments and goals
  • Contribute to women’s economic empowerment and sustainable development

Watch the WVEF video and learn more about this unique business event. For more information about the WVEF or about how to participate as a buyer contact Elena Bombis (


Measuring Success, Making It Count: Business Empowering Women and Girls

March 14, 2017 - March 15, 2017
New York

Building on the success of previous WEPs Annual Events, this high-level event, which will be convened by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, United Nations Office for Partnerships, UN Women, and the UN Global Compact, will highlight the various ways in which the business community can play a pivotal role in championing the empowerment of women and girls to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Discussions will focus on measuring results and using data to drive positive outcomes for women and girls around the world.


To register please click here

Women's Empowerment Principles Forum

March 14, 2017 - March 15, 2017
New York, NY
Ms. Tulsi Byrne

Measuring Success, Making It Count: Business Investing in Women and Girls

This event will explore the role of the private sector in empowering women and girls to advance the sustainable development agenda. Among other things, we will look at different ways of measuring outcomes of initiatives to support women and girls and how to use data to drive discourse and action. We invite you to come together with more than 400 cross-sector leaders and innovators to elevate these important topics!

Built on past Women's Empowerment Principles events this session will be co-convened by the UN Global Compact, UN Women, UN Office of Partnerships and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and will be held at UN Headquarters.

Empowering Women through Procurement - Moving Beyond the 1%

March 24, 2017
Conference Room A, UN Secretariat
Dawn Roberts

Principle 5 of the WEPs calls on business to invest and source in women-owned business. Yet, companies continuously report the challenges in and often over looked dimension of inclusive supply chains. A 2014 study by the International Trade Center (ITC) estimates that only 1% of the global procurement market goes to identifiable women-led businesses. The United Nations Development Business and Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network have been convening an annual seminar during the CSW to continue to drive the discussion on how to galvanize stakeholders to brainstorm how to accelerate women’s participation in the procurement market. This year’s seminar will focus on the 1% statistic and mapping out the path to move beyond that number. 


The Gender Equality Forum 2017: Canada

April 03, 2017 - April 04, 2017
Mariefaye Bechrakis

Take action along with fellow leaders from business, civil society, government and the United Nations to scale up gender equality and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals -- particularly SDG5, focused on the empowerment of women and girls.

At the Gender Equality Forum 2017 participants can:
  • Learn how companies around the world are implementing the Women's Empowerment Principles and taking concrete action to advance gender equality in the workplace, marketplace, and community.
  • Engage in peer-to-peer learning to identify and address key challenges and seize opportunities.
  • Share innovative approaches, practical tools, and resources that can help companies achieve their gender equality goals.
  • Network with like-minded change agents in the business sector and explore opportunities for partnership and collective action.
  • Be inspired by fellow business leaders from Canada and across the globe – including women entrepreneurs – who are challenging stereotypes and breaking down barriers to gender equality.

To learn more and express interest in attending click here

SWEEP 2017 – International Symposium on sustainable growth for women entrepreneurs through export promotion & MAWE Achievement Awards

April 05, 2017 - April 06, 2017
Ms Archana Bhatnagar

Women Entrepreneurs have innovative products & services; however their exposure to Export procedures, opportunities, and international markets continue to be a barrier to success. This event, which builds WEPs Principle 5, will address policies that emphasize Women in Trade and the greatest challenges women face, especially in India & South Asian region. Join us in the endeavour of Empowering Women through Entrepreneurship!!