(Istanbul, 17 October 2015) In a Communiqué
issued at the conclusion of the Women20 (W20) Summit private sector leaders were called on to join and implement the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and communicate progress.
Representatives from G20 economies and international organizations gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, for the first ever Women 20 (W20) Summit (16-17 October 2015). Delegates of the conference put forward policy recommendations to support the G20 leaders in their ongoing work to achieve gender equality and women’s economic empowerment.
The agreed upon recommendations, including: implementing healthy and safe work conditions; supporting work/life policies that consider care work; eliminating workplace discrimination; increasing women in leadership positions: supporting women-owned enterprises by ensuring access to financial and productive assets; enhancing sex-disaggregated data; and gender mainstreaming, closely align with the WEPs, which can help guide Governments actions to implement these recommendations as well as a useful tool for their engagement with the private sector.
The Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) – a joint initiative of the UN Global Compact and UN Women – offers guidance to business on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. To date, nearly 1,050 business leaders from around the world have signed a CEO Statement of Support for the WEPs