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Knowledge Series 2 - Sustainability Development Goal 5 – Gender Equality

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Knowledge Series 2 - Sustainability Development Goal 5 – Gender Equality

The Women's Empowerment Principles are a set of Principles for business offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. They are the result of a collaboration between the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact and are adapted from the Calvert Women's Principles®.

Subtitled Equality Means Business, the Principles emphasize the business case for corporate action to promote gender equality and women's empowerment and are informed by real-life business practices and input gathered from across the globe.

The Women's Empowerment Principles seek to point the way to best practice by elaborating the gender dimension of corporate responsibility, the UN Global Compact, and business' role in sustainable development. As well as being a useful guide for business, the Principles seek to inform other stakeholders, including governments, in their engagement with business.


Event details


Almas Conference Centre


Registration Starts at 8:30. Event Kickoff at 9:00 am - 10:30 am, 14 May 2018

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9:00 – 9:05

Welcome Remarks

Krysta Fox, Executive Director - DMCC Free Zone Department

9:05 – 9:15

Introductory Speech - Global Compact and Importance of WEPs

Mahmoud Hesham El Burai, Chairman - United Nations Global Compact

9:15 – 9:25

Guest Speech - Equality Means Business

Noha Hefny, Senior Consultant - Strategic Partnerships at UN Women

9:25 – 09:50

Panel Discussion - The Business Case of Implementing the WEPS

  • Iris Van Der Veken, DMCC Director of Public Affairs (Moderator)
  • David Mackenzie, Managing Director, Mackenzie Jones Group
  • Alice Laugher, CEO - CTG (Chair WEPs Taskforce)
  • Swati Randev Verma, CSR - PWC

09:50 – 10:00


10:00 – 10:30

Networking Session