The Women’s Empowerment Principles – A Framework to Empower Women in the Workplace, Marketplace and Community


On 6 October 2020, the WE EMPOWER - G7 Programme hosted "The Women's Empowerment Principle - A Framework to Empower Women in the Workplace, Marketplace and Community" event. The session showcased how different organisations are driving change for gender equality and how the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) provide a strong framework to empower women.





The WE EMPOWER - G7 Programme of the European Union, UN Women and International Labour Organization and the Women Entrepreneurship Platform are pleased to invite you to this webinar "The Women’s Empowerment Principles – A Framework to Empower Women in the Workplace, Marketplace and Community" that will showcase how different organizations are driving change for gender equality and how the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) provide a strong framework for women's empowerment. Join us to learn about different strategies and tools to support women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

When: 6 October 2020 at 10:00 AM EDT
Where: Online via Zoom

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In the programmme:


Hilde Hardeman, Director - Head of Service for Foreign Policy Instruments, European Commission. 

Hilde has spent over twenty years working for the European Commission, covering external relations and economic and competitiveness issues. From 2014 to early 2017, she served as Deputy Head of Cabinet to Vice-President Katainen in charge of Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness. Between 2011 and 2014, she was in charge of briefing the President of the Commission for meetings with EU Heads of State or Government. Previously, she headed the Commission's Units for Relations with Russia and with Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus. Becoming Head of the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments in May 2017, she returned to the field of external relations, leading a service with over 200 staff, including 90 colleagues in EU Delegations around the world. Her focus in the service is on putting the EU's Foreign Policy Instruments to the best possible use in achieving the EU's foreign policy objectives and projecting EU interests abroad. Hilde holds a PhD in Slavic Philology and History of the University of Leuven after studies at Leuven, Stanford University, Paris, Moscow and Amsterdam. She was visiting professor at the College of Europe, and taught History of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe at Vesalius College, Brussels. She published on Russian history and minority right issues.






Dr. Terri Cooper, Vice Chair of External Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Deloitte US

Dr. Terri Cooper believes a strong culture of inclusion is key to serving clients with distinction, as complex global challenges increasingly require diversity of thought and experience. As Deloitte’s Vice Chair of External DEI, Terri focuses on fostering Deloitte’s external brand and helping to drive market facing efforts. Dr. Cooper believes each and every individual  has a role to play in creating an inclusive culture, and, when she served as Deloitte’s Chief Inclusion Officer, she instilled Deloitte’s Six Signature Traits  of an Inclusive Leader - such as cultural intelligence and cognizance of bias - across the organization. A Principal in Deloitte’s U.S. Consulting practice, Dr. Cooper has spent more than two decades in leadership and strategic advisory roles in the life sciences and health care industries. Most recently, she served as Deloitte’s Global Healthcare Sector leader in the US. Before becoming a consultant, she spent eight years in the pharmaceutical industry, in roles ranging from basic research to clinical development, regulatory affairs, sales, marketing, new product development, and licensing. She contributed to the launch of a major new pharmaceutical brand while also maintaining the growth of older existing products in competitive therapeutic markets. Born and raised in a small town on the southeast coast of England, Dr. Cooper was the first in her family to attend college. She holds a Joint Honors Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and Pharmacology and a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of London, U.K.










Lotta Folkesson, Copa-Cogeca Women’s Committee

Lotta Folkesson is the chairwomen of Copa-Cogeca’s Women Committee, and board member of the Federation of Swedish Farmers. Since 1989, Lotta runs an arable farm together with her husband in Selsberg, North of Sweden, as well as running a forest center with 18 full-time employees. Lotta has been a vocal advocate for women farmers,  and female entrepreneurship in rural areas. Promoting an equal voice as well as legal status of women working and living in agriculture and rural areas and highlighting the vital contribution they make to rural society.











Charlene Lambert, Women Entrepreneurship Platform

Charlene Lambert is a Founding Board Member and Secretary General of the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) based in Brussels, and Founding Board Member and current President of the Women’s Business Initiative International (WBII), based in The Hague (NL). Through these organizations, she actively supports the development and expansion of women-owned businesses in Europe and The Netherlands, and advocates on their behalf with Dutch and European institutions. 








Aslihan Tekin, Women Entrepreneurship Platform and KAGIDER

Ms. Tekin, WEP’s (Women Entrepreneurship Platform) Board Member and treasurer, is the EU Representative of KAGIDER (Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey). Aslıhan Tekin is legal and policy adviser on EU law and affairs in different capacities including gender equality, social policies and rights since 2006. She is the EU Representative of EWL Coordination for Turkey and alternate board member at EWL (European Women’s Lobby). She is a lawyer and working with different civil society organisations, associations and international organisations. As one of the EWL’s digital experts and #HerNetHerRights (training on combatting online violence against women and girls) trainers, she has been working on cyber violence together with grassroots organisations and women networks. She has also been one of the coordinators of Freja Forum (Forum for Regional and European Joint Activities) on Western Balkans and Turkey and co-founder of Freja Academy and Foundation. She is also member of Environmental Law Network International (ELNI), Social Rights Association of Turkey (SHD), representing SHD at European Social Action Network (ESAN), Istanbul Bar Association and Turkish Bar Association, and Constitutional Law Research Association, ANAYASA-DER.







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 G7 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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