LeadWomen Sdn Bhd has been officially appointed as UNWomen’s national Malaysian partner to roll out the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Activator Malaysia Campaign, under the EU-funded WeEmpower Asia Programme.
The WEPs are a set of guiding principles for the private sector, to facilitate gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community. Informed by Universal Human Rights and International Labour Standards, the WEPs are ground in the gender equality dimensions, specifically Goal 5: (Gender Equality) and Goal 10 (Reduced Inequalities), of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 Agenda. Signing on to the WEPs programme demonstrates a top-down commitment by CEOs, of the highest calibre, to collaborate with multi-stakeholder networks to take on business practices that empower women. Some practices include equal pay for work of equal value, gender-responsive supply chain practices, and zero tolerance against sexual harassment in the workplace.
Malaysia has the UN Sustainable Development Goals at the heart of its development by taking action on; eradicating poverty, improving the well being of Malaysians, providing universal access to education, achieving high income, and caring for the environment through sustainability commitments. Additionally, measures have been set in motion to achieve gender equality, the promotion of rights for women and girls, and inclusivity. With help from LeadWomen, these steps have contributed to the increased rate of the female labour participation to 54% women in decision-making public sector positions to exceed 20%, and top management positions in public-listed companies to comprise 25.04%, as of 2020. The efforts of the WEPs Malaysia Activator Campaign will further sustain and progress these present achievements.
Read the full press statement here.
LeadWomen will also be supporting UNWomen with the Asia-Pacific WEPs Awards for Malaysia and the region. These awards are an effort to recognize Malaysian companies who are exhibiting exemplary business practice for gender equality, aligned to the WEPs. The deadline for the 2021 Awards application (National and Regional) is 31 July 2021. For more information about the awards, click here.