#WeLearn: Secure a Seat at the Table


On 7 October 2020, WE EMPOWER - G7 Programme hosted the "Secure a Seat at the Table" learning session. Learners found out what are the key challenges to address and overcome for a true advancement in the workplace and the intersectionality in the workplace.



COVID-19 could reverse the limited progress that has been made on gender equality and women’s rights. Immediate actions are needed in addressing the negative effects, – women’s leadership and contributions must be at the heart of resilience and recovery.

From access to health services, social protection and digital technologies, to significant rise of domestic violence, the impacts of COVID-19 are exacerbated for many around the world.

Women, however, are not a homogenous group. Instead, women come from diverse backgrounds with differing identities and abilities that shape their experiences in the workforce. The negative impacts of COVID-19 have exacerbated existing employment-related inequalities for women of diverse backgrounds. Across the U.S., for example, the unemployment rate for women rose from 3.1 per cent in February 2020 to about 15 per cent as of April 2020. These same statistics highlight that for Black and Hispanic women, the unemployment rate sits at 16.4 per cent and 20.2 per cent respectively, illustrating that the negative impacts of the pandemic have not been felt equally for all women. To address this, it is recommended to apply an intersectional lens to support the economic needs of all women during the pandemic, as well as the development of policies and strategies to ensure that all women are included in recovery efforts. 

During this learning session, you will find out what are the key challenges to address and overcome for a true advancement in the workplace. The trainer will address the aspect of the intersectionality and will speak in particular about the challenges encountered by women of color in the workplace.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.


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Corinna Valente, Programme Manager at the European Commission

Corinna Valente is Programme Manager and Team Leader of the Knowledge Management Team at the Partnership Instrument Unit of the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments of the European Commission. Corinna has spent over ten years working for the European Commission, covering external relations and gender equality issues. Her focus in the service is to contribute to achieving the EU's foreign policy objectives and projecting EU interests abroad.




Minda Harts, Career Development Speaker and Best-Selling Author; CEO of The Memo LLC

Minda Harts is the best-selling author of The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table. Minda is an Assistant Professor at NYU Wagner. She has been featured on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Fast Company, The Guardian, and Time Magazine. Minda frequently speaks at companies like Microsoft, Levi's, Google, and Bloomberg on topics such as Leadership, Managing Diverse Teams and Self-Advocacy. She also hosts a weekly podcast called Secure The Seat.

The Memo is a career development company providing tools, access, and a robust community for women of color and for the companies where they work.



Call to Action: Leveraging the WEPs Framework to Target Racism and Discrimination in the World of Work

The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) provide a framework to help companies of all sizes deepen their commitment to gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community. All current and future WEPs signatories can stand firmly against inequality, racism and discrimination and ensure that the perspectives, skills and talents of women from diverse backgrounds with different abilities and identities are represented and valued in company initiatives, programmes and decision-making. When implementing the WEPs, an intersectional lens must underpin strategies for advancing gender equality and targeting racism and discrimination in the workplace.

#SecureTheSeat Podcast



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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