On 1 January 2018, the European Union (EU), UN Women and the International Labour Organization (ILO) began a three-year programme, WE EMPOWER: Promoting economic empowerment of women at work through responsible business conduct in G7 countries.

This EU-funded initiative aims to create an enabling environment where active engagement of the corporate sector blends with public policies led by G7 governments.

Programme partners will help advance the G7 gender agenda by convening multistakeholder dialogues and knowledge exchanges on experiences, lessons learned and good practices in the key areas of the future of work, equal pay for work of equal value, work-life balance, childcare, and gender lens investing. These thematic areas were identified in a series of consultations held in 2017 and 2018 to ensure that the programme aligns with stakeholder needs.

WE EMPOWER aims to deepen private sector engagement with the Women’s Empowerment Principles to ensure effective implementation and reporting on progress. The programme will work closely with companies to support them in an enhanced WEPs Journey, from committing to gender equality and women’s empowerment to signing the Women’s Empowerment Principles, and subsequently to implementing and reporting on progress.

The 250 best practices and case studies that will be produced by the programme, including on the future of work, will support implementation of the G7 Roadmap for a Gender-Responsive Economic Environment, adopted at the 2017 Summit in Taormina. In addition, the programme

will strengthen linkages between women entrepreneur associations in Europe with those in the G7 countries, with the target of 400 women entrepreneurs with improved business contacts in G7 countries. Since many multinational corporations have their headquarters in G7 countries, creating positive impacts and results for women’s economic empowerment at the highest level of corporations could have important ripple effects for their operations and supply chains across the world.

Through the WE EMPOWER programme, partners contribute to promoting gender equality globally with good practices. The programme places women’s economic empowerment at the heart of the Future of Work agenda and will help strengthen connections between women entrepreneur associations in Europe with those in fellow G7 countries.

For more about the programme and some good practices here



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