Women's Empowerment Principles granted to 9 Vietnamese enterprises

The awards will recognise the efforts of the leadership and companies in order to promote gender equality among employees, their customers, and their partners, while also inspiring other companies and leaders to come together in having a broader impact.

Nguyen Thi Tuyet Minh, chairwoman of Vietnam Women Entrepreneurs Council addresses the event. Source: VOV

Nine Vietnamese enterprises have been granted the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) at a national level during an awards ceremony held on November 26 in Hanoi.

Of these 9 companies, the five first-place winners will qualify for the regional competition in December held in Bankok, Thailand for the first time in the Asia Pacific this coming December.

This activity is a part of WeEmpowerAsia programme - a collaborative effort between UN Women and the European Union (EU) and Vietnam Women Entrepreneur Council as the national partner.

The WEPs are a set of seven principles that support companies to take a gender-sensitive approach throughout their value chain starting with corporate leadership and looking across the wider value chain from workplace, marketplace and community.

The WEPs Awards was launched in September in many countries in the Asia-Pacific region with the aim of encouraging and recognising the efforts of companies that promote practices, programmes and actions to create more gender-inclusive business cultures embracing the gender equality and women’s empowerment, raise awareness, and mobilise more companies to implement the WEPs within their own business.

Photo: UN Women/Nguyen Man

The President of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) Vu Tien Loc; Vice Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs of Vietnam Le Tan Dung; UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Kamal Malhotra; Representative of UN Women in Vietnam Elisa Fernandez Saenz awarded winning companies.

Upon addressing the awards ceremony, Nguyen Thi Tuyet Minh, chairwoman of Vietnam Women Entrepreneurs Council (VWEC), emphasized that a new generation of job opportunities for women and men in the community and workplace are expected to unlock their full potential and various strengths. Indeed, this will eventually lay the foundation for achieving prosperity and sustainable development for each nation and every business.

Minh noted that gender equality makes up one of the five sustainable development goals of the UN and is widely regarded as a solution in order to fulfill other goals.

Elisa Fernandez Saenz, chief representative of UN Women in Vietnam, said this year marks an important milestone for the WEPs as they celebrate their 10th anniversary. The timing coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and the implementation of the gender equality law in relation to the business community through the application of WEPs.

To mark the occasion, UN Women WeEmpowerAsia is organising the WEPs Awards in the Asia-Pacific in order to recognise the efforts put in by companies with regard to the implementation of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The WEPs Awards will also recognise the efforts of the leadership and companies in order to promote gender equality among employees, their customers, and their partners, while also inspiring other companies and leaders to come together in having a broader impact, Saenz stressed.

Mai Nguyen