Webinar: Accelerate Your Company’s WEPs Journey- Insights from Signatories

POST EVENT

On 30 June 2020, the WE EMPOWER-G7 team hosted Accelerate Your Company’s WEPs Journey- Insights from Signatories webinar.

This webinar was organized by WE EMPOWER-G7 to feature Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) framework and showcase how taking the WEPs Journey help companies advance gender equality and women’s empowerment.

 

 

View the presentation in PDF format here. 

 

In the programme:

Welcome - Meral Guzel, Women's Empowerment Principles Specialist, UN Women

Opening Remarks - Anna Falth, WE Empower-G7 Programme Manager, head of WEPs Secretariat

Fireside chat - Burçak Inel, Head of Financing the Economy, European Banking Federation; Dr. Márcia Balisciano, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, RELX Group and Tamara Dancheva, International Relations Manager, GSMA

 

THE EVENT

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.

The WEPs Journey represents five stages of a company’s engagement with the WEPs: Sign, Action, Capture, Engage and Report. UN Women provides technical guidance that puts the WEPs signatory onto an effective WEPs journey of implementation, driven by accountability and transparency. Several tools and resources are available to kick start companies’ journeys and build their capacities at different stages of their journey.

This webinar is organized by WE EMPOWER-G7 to feature Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) framework and showcase how taking the WEPs Journey help companies advance gender equality and women’s empowerment.

 

REGISTER TO ATTEND THE WEBINAR

 

 In the Programme

Welcome and Overview of WEPs Journey

 

Fireside chat (including Q&A from participants) with:

Burçak Inel, Head of Financing the Economy, European Banking Federation

Dr. Márcia Balisciano, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, RELX Group

Tamara Dancheva, International Relations Manager, GSMA

 Closing Remarks

 

 

 

 

 

Burçak Inel, Head of Financing the Economy, European Banking Federation

 

With nearly 20 years of experience in European financial sector policy, Burçak leads a strategic unit within the European Banking Federation (EBF), which represents 3500 banks. In this unit covering business finance, financial markets and sustainable finance, the EBF employs advocacy, engagement, and promotion of best practice to enhance the financing of the needs of companies and investors, with a current focus on supporting the recovery of the economy. Among others, she oversees the EBF’s implementation of the Principles for Responsible Banking and the Women’s Empowerment Principles, and coordinates the Markets4Europe campaign.  

 

Prior to this post, she was the Deputy Director General of the Federation of European Securities Exchanges, where she progressively focused on innovative campaigns such as the creation of the European IPO Task Force and the Small and Mid-cap Awards of the Year. Her first post in Brussels was as the Financial Markets Advisor of the EBF. In 2003, Burçak received the “Lobbyist of the Year” award in a global competition organized by Euromoney for a collaborative campaign she led on primary markets legislation. 

 

Before moving to Europe, she worked for five years at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., on developing financial markets in transition economies. A Belgian-Turkish dual national, Burçak holds a Political Science B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard University. Prior to moving to the US, she completed her secondary school studies at the American Robert College of Istanbul. She speaks English, French, German and Turkish. She has two children, and is an avid accordion player.

 

Dr. Marcia Balisciano, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, RELX

 

Márcia is founding director of corporate responsibility (CR) at RELX, a FTSE 15 information, analytics and events company with 33,000+ people and operations in 40 countries. Engaging colleagues throughout the business, Márcia works to ensure RELX’s extra-financial performance furthers competitive advantage and stakeholder confidence. She drives practice that ensures recognition for RELX as a CR leader: over the last year, RELX ranked 2nd in the S&P 1200 for environment, social and governance (ESG) as reported in the Financial Times; 1st for ESG in the media and publishing sectors (and 17th overall) among 12,000+ companies assessed by Sustainalytics; held a AAA ESG rating with MSCI; and was one of 36 LEAD companies of the United Nations Global Compact among approximately 10,000 corporate signatories.

 

She is Chair of the UN Global Compact Network UK; Chair of the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Council of the Conference Board; and a founding member of the Board of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens. She is founding director of London museum and educational facility Benjamin Franklin House and previously was special advisor to the American Chamber of Commerce (UK). A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, she holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and a PHD in Economic History from the London School of Economics. She is a Member of the British Empire (MBE), an honour awarded by the Queen, and lives in London with her husband and two boys.

 

Tamara Dancheva, International Relations Manager, GSMA

 

For over a decade, Tamara Dancheva has worked in progressively senior roles in global organizations, with a primary focus on gender equality, human rights and international relations. In her current role as International Relations Manager within the External Affairs and Industry Purpose department at the GSMA, she is responsible for coordinating GSMA's strategy across various gender initiatives in the digital space. She leads on several GSMA partnerships, including UN Women, the EQUALS global partnership for gender equality in the digital age and the Commonwealth Businesswomen's Network. Additionally, Tamara has extensive experience in political party systems and democracy stemming from a previous role as Head of the Human Rights Programme for a UK based global federation of political parties. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Business from Rockhurst University (Kansas City, MO, USA) and a Master's Degree in Politics and Government in the European Union from the London School of Economics (London, UK).

 

 

 

 

 

“Promoting economic empowerment of women at work through responsible business conduct in G7 countries” (WE EMPOWER – G7) 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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