Over 50 representatives from business, government, UN, civil society, and academia gathered on 29th July, 2016 at Ramada Encore Hotel, Dar es salaam for Tanzania ’s premier business event on gender equality- ‘Equality Means Business: Women’s Empowerment Principles in Practice.” Organized by the UN Global Compact and Global Compact Network Tanzania, the event highlighted the essential role that businesses can and must play to realize gender equality and achieve sustainable development. Guided by the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), participants reflected on the persistent barriers to advancing gender equality, showcased promising solutions and approaches and highlighted how companies throughout Tanzania are scaling up diversity, inclusion and sustainability strategies to mitigate risks and maximize positive impact. The event also showcased how UNGC signatories can come together to inspire further gender equality action in Tanzania.
Speaking on the event , Mehjabeen Alarakhia , Programme Coordinator-WEP-UN Women Tanzania said that “informal financial groups estimated to have a portfolio of more than 1.2 trillion Tanzania Shilling and between 70-80% of this group are women” she also inform the participants that WEP Tool is intended to support each one of us (companies) and strengthen our engagement with gender issues.
Speaking on the event, Patrick Ngowi, Chairman, Global Compact Network Tanzania, said that “more and more businesses are recognizing that gender equality is not just the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do. In order for businesses to differentiate from the rest of their peers, equal policies for men and women are essential. The WEPs provide a useful framework for companies to take a comprehensive approach to achieving gender equality in their workplaces, marketplaces and communities.”
Speaking at the event, Emmanuel C. Nnko, Global Compact Network Tanzania Coordinator said that “with the UN set to roll out a new set of goals in September last year, signaling a new chapter for the “global partnership” for ensuring sustainable development, gender equality is being seen as a central theme for achieving these new goals and targets.”
Key speakers attending the event included:
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