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Call to Action: Invest in Women’s Employment

Empowering women to participate in full and productive employment is essential to expand economic growth, promote social development and enhance business performance. However, the positive impacts of women-focused employment practices on firms, communities and the economy are often under appreciated. To achieve sustainable development and unlock future growth, WINvest and the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) call on business to invest in better employment opportunities for women. Learn more here.


Inclusive Sourcing - Call to Action!

Women's Empowerment Principle 5 encourages companies to expand their business relationship with women-owned enterprises. Supply chains offer a unique opportunity and means for companies to promote human rights and have a positive impact on economic development by offering economically disadvantage groups an equal opportunity to compete for business.  The Women's Empowerment Principles call for companies to make inclusive sourcing a key pillar in their business strategy. Learn more here.


Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum 2014

Join women business owners and representatives of corporations, governments and trade support institutions at WVEF 2014 on 16-17 September 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda. This global event provides buyers and sellers in select sectors the opportunity to explore business partnerships, build skills and engage with dynamic public and private sector leaders from around the world. This year’s event will focus on the coffee and services sector. More information.

The WVEF provides a key opportunity to implement WEPs Principle 5, which calls on business to expand business relationships with women-owned enterprises.  As a business committed to inclusive sourcing this is a prime opportunity to expand your procurement opportunities and implement Principle 5 of the WEPs.  

To apply to participate please complete the Buyers Profile Form.

Hosted annually by the International Trade Centre, the Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors seeks to increase the share of corporate, government and institutional contracts awarded to women-owned businesses. Launched in 2010, the Global Platform has a 10-year strategy to link buyers, sellers and institutions to build an ongoing capacity of suppliers to meet buyers’ requirements for the ultimate purpose of facilitating sales.

For Criteria and Background Information, please visit the ITC's Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors website.

We also invite you to nominate businesswomen in your networks by completing the Women Vendor Application Form.

For additional information please contact [email protected]


Global Consultation on Addressing Inequalities

This multi-stakeholder consultation, co-convened by UNICEF and UN Women and sponsored by the Governments of Denmark and Ghana, is an open and inclusive coversation for represenatives of civil society, academia, governments, business and the UN to discuss what the Post-2015 development agenda should look like. The Women's Empowerment Principles community is encouraged to contribute to this important dialogue and help highlight the important role of the private sector in advancing women's empowerment and achieving gender equality. Learn more here.


Cracking the Ceiling, Raising the Floor

The Women's Empowerment Principles call on companies to assure sufficient participation of women - 30 percent or greater - in decision-making and governance at all levels and across all business areas. Learn more. For a list of related organizations and registers, click here.


Call for Company Examples

Sharing good practices is a key to the WEPs growth.  Help us spread your good practices:  what steps has your business taken to advance and empower women in the workplace, marketplace and/or community? The UN Women/UN Global Compact WEPs team invites companies to share concrete examples of efforts to empower women and advance the goals of the WEPs. Please send a 150-250 word description to the WEPs team at [email protected]. Examples submitted will be added to the Business Practice section.

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