Target Gender Equality LIVE: Scaling Business Ambition to Achieve Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in the Middle East Session

Organized on the 16th of March and on the sidelines of the International Women’s Day and Commission on the Status of Women events, Target Gender Equality LIVE demonstrated the leadership of UN Global Compact on Gender Equality by showcasing the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), promoting Target Gender Equality global impact initiative and engaging women-led businesses. This high level international event featured a dynamic mix of live plenaries, global networking and actionable practical tools and resources.  

On the sidelines of this international event focused on Goal 5 calling for Gender Equality and the empowerment of women and girls, Global Compact Network Lebanon and in collaboration with the regional networks in Egypt, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Jordan organized a regional breakout session entitled: Scaling Business Ambition to Achieve Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in the Middle East.

This regional breakout session convened high-level leaders who are strong advocates of scaling business ambition to achieve women empowerment in the workplace, market and communities within the MENA region. This session assembled Caroline Fattal; Senior VP and Board Member at Fattal Group – Lebanon, Rana Al Kwailt; Corporate Communication and PR Manager at Hygienic Holding and Ruba Al Zaubi; Executive Director – Jordan along with Kate Willoughby; Head of Group Sustainability and Impact at DP World – UAE.

Facilitated by Mireille Chrabieh; Special Education Consultant at S-miles and the 2020 Global Compact Network Lebanon SDG Pioneer, the session allowed convening leaders and advocates to delve in-depth into the gender equality challenges and barriers in the MENA context. Featured experts highlighted the incremental role of the private sector in advancing and deepening the implementation of the Women Empowerment Principles (WEPs). They provided diverse examples about the many strategies that their companies have taken to achieve gender balance in leadership and ensure that women’s perspectives are equally valued in the decision-making processes.

Going forward with the key highlights of this dynamic mix of intersectional perspectives on Gender Equality, there’s only one truth to say:  Women empowerment is smart business! Evidence based research shows that it improves the bottom line, promotes innovation and enhances the decision making capacities. It enables organizations to be representative of, attractive to, and more likely able to meet the needs of clients, shareholders and communities.

Enhance your sustainability pathway on Gender Equality and keep an eye on our Target Gender Equality Programme to learn more about the corporate policies and best business practices in the Gender Equality context.

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