Target Gender Equality, Setting Targets: Defining Ambition Module

Gender Equality across business strategy and operation is a smart investment. Research has cited evidence that women’s leadership and equitable representation in business is a key driver towards higher business performance and advanced sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices.

Through facilitated performance analysis, capacity building workshops, peer-to-peer learning and multi-stakeholder dialogue at the country-level, Target Gender Equality  is supporting companies in setting and reaching ambitious corporate targets for women’s representation and leadership, starting with the Board and Executive Management levels.

The programme enables companies to engage in accelerated learning opportunities specific to the Lebanese context to strengthen women’s representation and leadership in their business.

To set ambitious and realistic corporate targets for gender equality and communicate their commitments to their employees, partners, peers, investors and other stakeholders, TGE offers a series of three modules developed by Catalyst.

The first module, Diversity Targets: Defining Ambition was held on Tuesday, January 26th featuring top notch experts with a long standing experience in the Gender Equality and the Women Economic Empowerment spheres.

The broader aim of this module was to provide participating companies with the strategic and tactical guidance and orientation for Gender Equality target-setting.

The session was inaugurated by our president; Dr. Dima Jamali, who urged the private sector in her welcoming speech to collectively and jointly pursue concrete and bold steps to empower women and proactively close the gender gap. During her speech, she stressed that “only with our sustained actions, we can create a snowball of change. We must move forward and not backward.”

The floor was then given to our Programs Manager; Ms. Bruna Elias, who introduced the core objective of the session and the program in general among participants and then facilitated the way to the convening expert speakers.

Ms. Elizabeth Anna Resch, Global Compact Initiatives Advisor at the UN Global Compact, introduced the participants to the common workplace barriers confronting women. As a strategic way to bridge the way for better future practices, Ms. Elizabeth shared the key findings of the women economic empowerment gap analysis undertaken by all companies back in 2020. 

Ms. Yara Nassar; Program Manager of the Women Economic Empowerment Program at UN Women in Lebanon, explained to the participants that the key to a successful diverse and inclusive workplace is setting targets. Through her intervention, Ms. Yara walked the participants through practical and in-depth guidelines for target-setting.

One of the core ingredients that shaped this session is the display of real-world examples. This has accelerated the exchange of insights and best practices among participants through a participatory group exercise analyzing relevant company examples.

This session prepared participants to the second module; Strategies for Success, which will help participants, attain further progress by moving forward from target-setting to strategy formulation.


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