Diversonomics Season 4, Episode 6 | The WE EMPOWER Program: Encouraging organizations to become signatories of Women's Empowerment Principles

09 December 2019

Established in 2018, and set to conclude at the end of 2020, the WE Empower Program is a joint initiative between UN Women, the International Labour Organization and the European Union.

The program lays out seven Women's Empowerment Principles that form guidelines for corporate action to promote gender equality and women's economic empowerment. They range from commitments on health and safety and transparency and accountability to supply chain diversity and professional development.

Tune in to episode 6 of Diversonomics season 4 as hosts Roberto Aburto and Cindy Kou speak with Camille Beaudoin, junior consultant and program assistant for the WE Empower Program in Canada, about advancing gender equality in the workplace - and how work environments will change drastically over the next decade.

Episode tip:

"Yes, maybe in comparison to other developed countries we have it a little bit better, but there's still definitely issues that need to be worked on. We want to involve more organizations and more people in our efforts. We're here to shed light on issues, provide possible solutions, bridge gaps and facilitate discussions."

- Camille Beaudoin, junior consultant and program assistant, WE Empower Program Canada

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WE EMPOWER is a joint-initiative of UN Women, the European Union and the International Labour organization established in 2018.

This initiative seeks to promote responsible business conduct in G7 countries through multi-stakeholder dialogues and by leveraging the Women's Empowerment Principles; bringing together business leaders and other stakeholders from various sectors and industries to support the implementation of the G7 Roadmap for a gender responsive economic environment.

The overall objective of the project is to support sustainable, inclusive and equitable economic growth by promoting women's economic empowerment (WEE) in the public and private sector in G7 countries. More specifically, the project will facilitate dialogue and exchanges amongst G7 and EU countries public and private sectors; and engage with the private sector in the elimination of gender inequality faced by working women.

To join Gowling WLG and many other organizatoins in signing the women's empowerment principles, please visit https://www.empowerwomen.org/en/weps/signtheweps

To learn more about the #FlexForEmpowerment campaign: https://www.empowerwomen.org/en/community/stories/2019/09/its-time-to-flexforempowerment

Camille Beaudoin is a Programme Assistant and Jr. Consultant at UN Women. Connect with Camille on LinkedIn.

Episode hosts

Roberto Aburto

Roberto Aburto is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, practising in municipal law and civil litigation, with a focus on real estate disputes, land use planning law and commercial litigation.

He is also an active member in the swimming and lifesaving community, serving on the board of directors for the Lifesaving Society (Ontario Branch) as the corporate secretary/legal adviser, and on the Lifesaving Society (National Branch) National Team Selection Committee for Lifesaving Sport.

He is also co-chair of Gowling WLG's Diversity and Inclusion Council and is committed to promoting these principles.

To learn more about Roberto, visit his bio, follow with him on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.

Cindy Kou

Cindy Kou is a business law associate. She assists clients in a broad range of industries with corporate, commercial, and regulatory matters. She also regularly advises on technology law matters.

Cindy holds degrees in Common Law and Civil Law from McGill University and has worked in both common and civil law jurisdictions in Canada and abroad. She speaks French and Mandarin.

To learn more about Cindy, visit her bio or follow her on Twitter.

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