Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs)

BPW Cambridge supports Women's Empowerment Principles and provides the following excerpt from BPW Canada's website.

BPW CANADA, in support of the BPW International call for National Federations to to promote WEPs across their countries, has taken up the challenge to advance and empower women in the workplace, marketplace and civil society. We invite all stakeholders across Canada to participate in the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) National Project and to demonstrate their commitment to gender equality in Canada.

The Women's Empowerment Principles-Equality Means Business suggests seven steps that companies, government and civil society can take to empower women in the workplace and the market place. They were launched by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM, part of UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact based on a multi-stakeholder consultative process in which BPW International was an active participant. 

The 7 Principles are:

  1. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality.
  2. Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination.
  3. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers.
  4. Promote education, training and professional development for women.
  5. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women.
  6. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy.
  7. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality.

Please visit BPW Canada's website to find out more about the Women's Empowerment Principles.