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BPW and Global Compact Local Networks from Iraq, Turkey and the Gulf States Convene in Support of Women’s Empowerment Principles

Posted on 05/10/2013

(10 May 2013, Istanbul) – Recognizing the value of the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) — a joint initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact – the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW) has made promotion and realization of the WEPs an organizational priority. 

The Turkey Chapter of BPW today held its annual Equality Means Business conference under the patronage of Her Excellency, Mrs. Emine Erdogan, in partnership with Turkey’s Ministry of Family and Social Affairs. The Global Compact Local Networks of Iraq, Turkey and the Gulf States supported the meeting and shared examples of how businesses are partnering with civil society to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. 

 

Local Networks from Iraq, Turkey and the Gulf States convened in support of the WEPS and shared examples of how businesses are partnering to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

 
In light of the growing demand for increased cross-sector cooperation to create business and social value at the local level, the conference provided an important opportunity for Local Networks to interact and engage in efforts to advance the WEPs. 
Case examples were presented by a broad range of stakeholders and included keynote speeches by Agah Ugur, CEO of Borusan Holdings, which hosted the meeting; President of the BPW Turkey Federation Arzu Ozyol; Turkish Deputy Minister of Family and Social Affairs Dr. Askin Asan; and leaders from the three Local Networks, among others. In her remarks, Mrs. Erdogan encouraged greater support for women in post-conflict areas such as Somalia, Myanmar and Palestine.
 
 
Contact
Deniz Ozturk
Turkey Representative
Adviser to the Executive Director
UN Global Compact
ozturkd@un.org
 
Lauren Gula
Project Manager, Human Rights & WEPs
UN Global Compact