Webinar: COVID-19 and Gender Equality: What Can the Private Sector Do?


POST EVENT

On 30 April 2020, the WE EMPOWER G7 team hosted "COVID-19 and Gender Equality: What Can the Private Sector Do?" webinar. This webinar explored  how private sector could reduce immediate risks to employees, what are the policies or activities to apply during COVID-19, while also reducing the overall economic impact.

 

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THE EVENT

 The COVID-19 pandemic is putting an unprecedented and significant strain on the global economy and public health systems. It is also highlighting, and magnifying inequalities and the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination faced by women and girls. The pandemic is moving beyond a global health crisis and morphing into a labour market, social and economic crisis, posing a serious threat to women’s employment and livelihoods, especially in precarious informal and non-essential sectors, and to their mental and physical wellbeing.

The private sector has a responsibility to use its power, influence and resources to protect the rights and physical and mental well-being of employees, as well as to ensure long-term business recovery efforts restore economic stability.

The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) are a set of seven principles offering guidance to business on how to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community. During this time of upheaval and uncertainty, the WEPs are a great resource for the private sector to help them protect the most vulnerable groups.

The webinar will be an information session on how private sector could reduce immediate risks to employees, what are the policies or activities to apply during COVID-19, while also reducing the overall economic impact. The speakers will showcase the available tools and resources available to use and dissemination. 

 

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Opening Remarks:

Lise Paté, Deputy Head of the Foreign Policy Instruments’ Regional Team for the Americas.

Panelists: 

Emily M. Dickens, J.D. Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff, The Society for Human Resource Management

Sara Denby, Head, Unstereotype Alliance Secretariat, UN Women

Anna Fälth, Manager, WE EMPOWER G7 Programme and Head, WEPs Secretariat, UN Women

 

Lise Paté, Deputy Head of the Foreign Policy Instruments’ Regional Team for the Americas.

Graduated in Political Sciences and Public Policy & Administration, Lise Paté is working for the European Union (EU) cooperation in EU Delegations since 2004. She joined the service for the Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) in 2018 and, based in the EU Delegation to Brazil, acts as Deputy Head of the FPI Regional Team for the Americas.

She is, in particular, closely following and representing the European Union in its partnership with UN Women and the International Labour Organisation on Women Economic Empowerment in the G7 countries under “WE EMPOWER”, and in Latin America and the Caribbean under the Programme called “Win-Win: gender Equality means good business”.

 

Emily M. Dickens, J.D. Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff, The Society for Human Resource Management

She is the executive responsible for coordinating staff to implement the CEO's vision, the liaison for the SHRM Board and subsidiary boards, and executive with oversight of external partnerships, policy and government affairs. Dickens is an attorney with significant and progressive experience in government, higher education and the non-profit sector. She has served as a member of the leadership team at the University of North Carolina system, the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.  Her prior roles include general counsel, chief relationship officer, senior vice president, vice president for public policy and assistant vice president for federal relations.  Dickens has also worked at Duke University and Fayetteville State University in administrative and external affairs roles. 

Emily is actively engaged in board service. She is currently a member of Strategic Education, Inc. HIRE Advisory Board; the Board of National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL); the Advisory Council of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI); the Advisory Board of the College of Arts and Sciences at North Carolina Central University; and chairs the International HBCU Task Force for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and North Carolina Central University School of Law. 

 

Sara Denby, Head, Unstereotype Alliance Secretariat, UN Women

Sara Denby is Head of the Unstereotype Alliance Secretariat at UN Women.  Previously head of campaigns and communications for CARE International in Australia, Sara worked on gender equality programs and advocacy strategies for CARE in Australia and Cambodia, providing direct support to country offices across Asia-Pacific. Prior to that, Sara spent 18 years in the advertising industry with some of the world’s largest agency networks including BBDO and Saatchi & Saatchi, where she worked with global clients such as Visa, Emirates, Danone and P&G.

 

Anna Fälth, Manager, WE EMPOWER G7 Programme and Head, WEPs Secretariat, UN Women

Anna Fälth manages the EU-funded programme “WE EMPOWER through responsible business conduct in G7 countries”. As such, Anna heads the Secretariat of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), EmpowerWomen.org, that promotes online collaboration, learning and innovation to advance women’s economic empowerment across the world; and the WeLearn, a virtual skills school that will tackle some of the skills gaps faced by women and girls for the jobs of the future. An economist, Anna has more than 20 years of experience as economic advisor within the UN system, including UNCTAD, UN-DESA, UNDP and UN Women.

 

 

USEFUL RESOURCES:

- COVID-19 and Gender Equality: A Call to Action for the Private Sector

Policies and Other Good Workplace Practices in the Context of COVID-19: Key Steps Employers Can Take

Promoting Positive Gender Roles in Marketing and Advertising in the Context of COVID-19: Key Considerations for Business

COVID-19 and Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

Policy Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on Women



#COVID19 could reverse the limited but important progress that has been made on gender equality and women’s rights.

 

Promoting Economic Empowerment of Women at Work through Responsible Business Conduct in G7 Countries (WE EMPOWER G7 Programme) is a programme funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by UN Women and the International Labour Organization (ILO). The WE EMPOWER Programme convene multistakeholder dialogues in the EU, Canada, Japan and the US to exchange knowledge, experiences, good practices and lessons learned in the context of the changing world of work.

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