Your invitation to join the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Dialogues

Dear All

As a leading NGO, BPW International has an opportunity to promote the WEPs through the Rio Dialogues; civil society, the private sector, etc… and can submit recommendations online.

The best recommendations will be taken to the Heads of State and Government during the High-Level Segment of Rio+20.BPW would like to propose that the WEPs be recognized as a way to advance the sustainable agenda.The submissions thus far have not been great, so there is an even greater chance that the BPW submission would be selected to be brought forth to the Heads of State and Government.

All you would need to do is login to the dialogues here: www.riodialogues.com

Please log on and join the dialogue under the heading: Unemployment, decent work and migration; to sign up to the rio dialogues visit: www.riodialogues.com (more details below)

The thread that we have started states the following:

I would like to propose “the Women’s Empowerment Principles” as a way to advance the sustainable agenda. The Women’s Empowerment Principles are a set of Principles for business offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. They are the result of collaboration between the UN Women and the UN Global Compact.

The Principles emphasize the business case for corporate action to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment and are informed by real-life business practices and input gathered from across the globe. Rather than being prescriptive or a new initiative to which business is asked to subscribe, the Women’s Empowerment Principles seek to point the way to best practice by elaborating the gender dimension of good corporate citizenship, the UN Global Compact, and business’ role in sustainable development. As well as being a useful guide for business, it is hoped that Principles will inform other stakeholders, including governments, in their engagement with business.

The 7 principles are:

• Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality.

• Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination.

• Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers.

• Promote education, training and professional development for women.

• Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women.

• Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy.

• Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality.

We believe if business implements the Women’s Empowerment Principles then it will significantly advance the sustainable agenda. The WEPs are cross-cutting and thus applicable to most sessions.

For more information see: http://www.unwomen.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Women-s-Empowerment-Principles_en.pdf

Many thanks
Freda Miriklis
President, BPW International (2011-2014)
Empowered Women Leading Business
The XXVIII BPW INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS JEJU, SOUTH KOREA, 23-27 MAY 2014. JOIN US! 
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