Target Gender Equality: Onboarding Session

Gender parity must be perceived as an urgent need and a corporate priority. It is a moral duty and an operational necessity.

Global Compact Network Lebanon and Global Compact Network UAE have joined forces on August 25, 2021 and organized the onboarding session for the Target Gender Equality (TGE) Accelerator.

The broader aim of this dynamic onboarding session was to offer the participating companies with a flexible platform through which they are able to connect with their accelerator’s focal points, network with their peers and obtain a thorough understanding of the 9 months journey of the entire programme. 

This regional session was composed off three main segments: Getting to know each other and the programme, deep dive into the Women’s Empowerment Principles and bridging to the next steps.

The first introductory session was facilitated by the Lebanese and the UAE’s Executive Directors; Deenah Fakhoury and Rachel Panaino. Ms. Fakhoury and Panaino provided an overview of the accelerator to the participating companies and delved into the key outcomes of the programme.

About Target Gender Equality

Target Gender Equality is a global impact accelerator that aims to trigger a behavioral long positive organizational change with respect to women’s representation and leadership at the corporate levels.

The second segment, facilitated by Elizabeth Anna Resch; Advisor for Target Gender Equality at UN Global Compact, served as a deep dive into the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and the WEPs Gender Gap Analysis Tool.

The third and the last segment facilitated by Susu Smaili; Senior Programmes Manager at Global Compact Network Lebanon, served as a bridging session through which it has offered the participants with the key insights on the next steps of this Target Gender Equality journey.

Alarming facts that will be leveraged during the accelerator:

  • At the current rate of progress, the global economic gender gap will close in 268 years
  • Women are only represented by 25% in national parliaments
  • Women are only represented by 36% in local governments
  • Women are bearing additional household responsibilities during the pandemic
  • 41.5 of women with a university degree are either unemployed or out of the labour force, while only 17.2% of men are in a similar situation

Key takeaways – why achieving gender equality is now more important than ever?

  • Gender parity must be perceived as an urgent need and a corporate priority. It is a moral duty and an operational necessity.
  • The meaningful inclusion of women in decision-making results in boosting the effectiveness and productivity of the entire corporation. It brings new perspective to the table, unlocks greater resources and strengthens efforts. 

For further information about the accelerator, please contact the Programme’s Manager at: [email protected]

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