1. The Women’s Empowerment Principles

Created in a collaboration between the UN Global Compact and UN Women, the Women’s Empowerment Principles are used to empower women in the marketplace, workplace and community.

Why is empowering girls and women so important?

Empowering women is essential to the health and social development of families, communities and countries.

When women are living safe, fulfilled and productive lives, they can reach their full potential. contributing their skills to the workforce and can raise happier and healthier children. They are also able to help fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.

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A key part of this empowerment is through education. Girls who are educated can pursue meaningful work and contribute to their country’s economy later in life. They are also four times less likely to get married young when they have eight years of education, meaning that they and their families are healthier.

The seven Principles are:

  • Principle 1: Create high-level corporate leadership for gender equality
  • Principle 2: Treat all people fairly at work, respecting and supporting non-discrimination and human rights
  • Principle 3: Ensure the health, wellbeing and safety of all workers, whether male or female
  • Principle 4: Promote education, training and professional development for women
  • Principle 5: Implement supply chain, marketing practices and enterprise development that empower women
  • Principle 6: Champion equality through community initiatives and advocacy
  • Principle 7: Measure and report publicly on progress to create gender equality

 

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