Women’s Empowerment Principles

Launched on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2010, the Women’s Empowerment Principles-Equality Means Business suggests seven steps for companies to take to empower women in the workplace and the market place. They were launched by the United Nations Development Fund For Women (UNIFEM, part of UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact based on a multi-stakeholder consultative process.

The Women’s Empowerment Principles are subtitled Equality Means Business because the full participation of women benefits business and by signing the Statement of Support, CEOs will demonstrate leadership on gender equality and women’s empowerment and will encourage fellow business leaders to do the same.   


The 7 Principles are:

1. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality.

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

3. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men worker

4. Promote education, training and professional development for women.

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

6. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy.

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

Update June 2016

United Nations Women’s Economic Empowerment Consultation Melbourne

BPW Australia joined thought leaders from the private sector, sporting, academia and civil society to gather case studies from participants that (as examples) can be replicated and scaled up by business, governments and communities around the world. BPW Australia was alongside  captains of industry, the co-chairs, the Secretariat Representative and Women’s Leadership Institute Australia and Chief Executive Women. 

Patricia Francis - UN Secretariat Representative. Patricia joined BPW Melbourne members for dinner after the event.


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UN Women's Consultation Presentation

Related Documents

Front Cover

WEP’s Front Cover (300kb)


Forward UNGC Executive Director – Georg Kell (3.4mb)

Message BPW International President – Liz Benham (367kb)

Content Page

Content Page (445kb)

Fact Sheets

Fact Sheet 1 Introduction to the WEPs toolkit (457kb)

Fact Sheet 2 The WEPs and BPW (705kb)

Fact Sheet 3 Timeline (17mb)

Fact Sheet 4 The Business Community (1.6mb)

Fact Sheet 5 Advocacy and Awareness Raising (693kb)

Fact Sheet 6 Consultations and WEPs events_AM (27mb)

Fact Sheet 7 Information and Output (471kb)

Fact Sheet 8 Measuring progress (461kb)

Fact Sheet 9 Resources and Contacts (1.3mb)

WEPs Brochure

WEPs Brochure (4.9mb)

List of International & Australian Organisations Signed to the WEPs – February 2012

WEPs CEO Statement of Support Signatories 17Feb12

Further Information

Download more information from BPW International

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