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International Women’s Day 2012: Women’s Empowerment Principles – equality means business. Sandra Cook National Policy Director, BPW Australia. BPW has helped shape the way Australian women can live their lives today.

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International women s day 2012 women s empowerment principles equality means business
International Women’s Day 2012: Women’s Empowerment Principles – equality means business

Sandra Cook

National Policy Director, BPW Australia


Bpw has helped shape the way australian women can live their lives today
BPW has helped shape the way Australian women can live their lives today.

2005 “Striking the Balance” –submission on Paid work and Family Responsibilities

2006 Submission on Child Care

2006 Submission to Fair Pay Commission

2008 Submission on Australia’s tax income and review of pensions

2008 Submission on Pay equity and female participation in the workforce

2008 Submission on Enquiry into Sex Discrimination Act

2009 Submission on National Human Rights Act (BPW Mid City)

2010 Launch Equal Pay Alliance

2010 Collaboration on CEDAW review

2011 Representation on Independent Advisory Group re EOWA changes


How do we do this
How do we do this? lives today.

BPW develops policy, collaborates on projects, and encourages grass roots activism to address issues of concern to women including:

  • family and work

  • economic equity and equal pay

  • access to education

  • affirmative action

  • older women & younger women

  • marginalised women & indigenous women

  • gender-based reporting

  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

  • women’s health


Current bpw australia projects
Current BPW Australia Projects lives today.

  • Equal Pay Day Campaign

  • Equal Pay Alliance

  • Think Fertility

  • Beijing + 15

  • Violence Against Women

  • UN Global Compact & Women’s Empowerment Principles

  • economicSecurity4Women


How national and international policy operates
How national and international policy operates lives today.

  • CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women) (1979);

  • Beijing Platform for Action (1995)

  • Millenium Development Goals (2000)

  • UN Global Compact (2000)

  • Women’s Empowerment Principles (2000)

  • United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) - explicitly focuses on the effects of conflict on women and children (2000)


United nations global compact
United Nations Global Compact lives today.

Human Rights

Business should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights, and

Make sure they are not complicit in human rights abuses

Labour standards

Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining

The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour

The effective abolition of child labour

The elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation

Environment

Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges

Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility

Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies

Anti corruption

Business should work against corruption in all it forms, including extortion and bribery


International millennium development goals women s empowerment principles
International Millennium Development Goals & Women’s Empowerment Principles

MDGs

Women’s Empowerment Principles

  • Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

  • Achieve universal primary education

  • Promote gender equality and empower women

  • Reduce child mortality rates

  • Improve maternal health

  • Combat AIDS/HIV, malaria and others

  • Ensure environmental sustainability

  • Develop a global partnership for development

  • Establish high level corporate leadership for Gender Equality: leadership promotes gender equality

  • Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination

  • Ensure the health, safety and well being of all women and men workers; freedom from violence

  • Promote education, training and professional development for women

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

  • Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy

  • Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality; transparency


What we re doing
What we’re doing Empowerment Principles

BPW Australia and the WEPs – equality means business

  • Promote the aims and ambitions of the WEPs to members

  • Educate and empower members to take the WEPs to business in their own communities

  • Promote the WEPs toolkit

  • Provide communication conduit in order to learn from, inspire and build on each others expertise and experience.

  • Engage with other organisations and community groups

  • Work collaboratively with BPW International, UN Women and the Global Compact to ensure widespread application of WEPs


Aligning our projects and programs with the mdgs the weps
Aligning our projects and programs with the MDGs & the WEPs Empowerment Principles

MDGs

Women’s Empowerment Principles

1.End Poverty and Hunger (3)

2.Universal education (1)

3.Gender equity (1,2,6)

4.Child Health

5.Maternal Health (3)

6.Combat HIV/Aids (3)

7.Environmental Sustainability (5)

8.Global Partnership (5,7)

1.High level corporate leadership for gender equality

2.Treat all women and men fairly at work

3.Health Safety and Freedom from Violence

4.Management and Governance

5.Business Supply Chain and Marketing practices

6.Civic and community engagement

7.Transparency and accountability


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