Studies have found a positive correlation between female labour force participation and economic development. Therefore, women’s empowerment leading to an increase in female labour force participation is a key contributor to economic growth. With this in mind, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact (UN Global Compact) developed the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), which provides a set of principles for businesses to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.
In order to promote these principles, the Indonesia Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (IBCWE), Indonesia Global Compact Network (IGCN), and UN Women initiated a study on the application of the WEPs in the top 50 companies in Indonesia (Please click here to access the study report).
In conclusion of the study, some companies in Indonesia have implemented initiatives to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community, yet there is still a lot of work to be done. Therefore, it is important to continuously advocate for women's empowerment to ensure that people maintain an awareness of these issues in the long run.
IBCWE, IGCN, and UN Women established a working group named ‘Women’s Empowerment Working Group’ (WEP WG) to raise awareness and promote corporates commitment to implement WEPs, as well as addressing issues and concerns of practical business. Together with corporates, academia and civil society organizations, This initiative is expected to focus on issues of business practice with multi-stakeholders in Indonesia.
The Women’s Empowerment Working Group is open for all companies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) / Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), business associations, academia, embassies and development agencies who aim at supporting women's empowerment in Indonesia in accordance with the WEPs (weprinciples.org).
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