The gender campaign at Business in the Community has been recognising employers for over two decades with the UK’s most prestigious workplace awards for gender equality and diversity and inclusion.
The Global Award, in partnership with UN Women UK, is for a programme or initiative with a global focus. It may describe an activity which focuses on the organisation’s workforce, or which engages women or communities outside of the organisation.
Entries have all now been submitted. Finalists will be announced in February, with the winner announced on 20 April.
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The UK National Committee of UN Women is the UK representative, voice and champion of UN Women in the UK. We support the work of UN Women globally in its mission for gender equality and the empowerment of women through advocacy, awareness raising and fundraising.
We are seeking 2 dynamic, committed and energetic individuals to join our Board and lead the organisation through a period of ambitious growth, building our supporter base and expanding awareness and fund-raising activity across the UK so that we can do more to improve the lives of women and girls throughout the world.
We are looking for team players who can bring a range of skills and experience to the Board. In particular, we are seeking:
Additional skills that would be useful include:
In order to reflect the communities that we serve, we particularly wish to encourage male applicants and candidates of diverse backgrounds.
If you are interested in joining the Board of UN Women National Committee UK, please email your CV and a short cover page (up to 3 sides of A4 in total), explaining what you could bring to our team, to firstname.lastname@example.org
The posts are unpaid. The closing date for nominations is 28th February 2016.]]>
The unprecedented disclosure was announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where many of the firms’ heads gathered alongside Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson.
Last year at the 2015 UN Women session at Davos, UN Women unveiled the HeForShe IMPACT 10X10X10 initiative to galvanize momentum in advancing gender equality. The Corporate Impact Champions have made gender equality an institutional priority since they signed up, and the transparency displayed in Davos will help them measure commitments and inspire action from other employers.
The report figures show that a large gap remains between the representation of women in the workforce at large, and in leadership positions. Although overall representation of women averaged 39.7 per cent across the 10 firms, the proportion of senior leadership roles held by women ranged from a low of 11 per cent to a high of only 33 per cent. While this group outperforms global averages, UN Women has set parity—as part of its gender equality drive for a 50-50 Planet by 2030—as the goal and the individual company commitments reflect a variety of pathways to achieve this.
The group of 10 companies includes: AccorHotels, Barclays, Koç Holding, McKinsey & Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Schneider Electric, Tupperware Brands, Twitter, Unilever and Vodafone.
“I salute the courage of this group to reveal their equality profiles and their evident dedication to make radical change. They lay bare in specific detail what we know to be the global norm –women are chronically under-represented in leadership roles and in formal employment overall. Through their experiences, we can identify and scale solutions to transform sectors, and eventually, achieve an equal world. They are shaping what corporate leadership looks like on this issue,” said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women.
Other findings from the report include:
Corporate IMPACT Champions are reporting gender representation across:
1. The overall company
2. Senior leadership
4. New hires
You can read more and view the launch on the He for She website.
To support our work for gender parity across the world, make a donation to UN Women UK National Committee online or text UNWN15 £10 to 70070.]]>
iKNOW Politics, an interactive online network of women in politics who share experiences, resources and advice, and who collaborate on issues of interest, has launched an online discussion on United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 on women peace and security in the Arab region.
The five-week discussion will focus on how women in politics and other policymakers can be active in the implementation of resolution 1325 in the Arab region, and related challenges and new opportunities. The e-discussion has been structured along three main blocks: a) advancing the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda; b) strategies and monitoring; and c) partnerships and capacity-building. Respondents are invited to send answers to as many related questions as they see fit.
The discussion is open until 17 January 2016. The responses from the e-discussion will be consolidated and shared with iKNOW Politics members and partners, then used as a resource for all through the iKNOW Politics website.
For more information, and to participate in the online dialogue visit the iKNOW Politics website.
Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) stresses the importance of women’s equal and full participation as active agents in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace-building and peacekeeping. It calls on member states to ensure women’s equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security, and urges all actors to increase the participation of women and incorporate gender perspective in all areas of peace building.]]>
On 25 November we were delighted to host a women in leadership event with Winckworth Sherwood Solicitors, sparking a great debate and celebrating the success of women as dynamic leaders of change, strengthening communities, growing the economy and protecting the planet.
We were joined by a distinguished panel of speakers, including Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson who shared the influences in her life and how London 2012 shifted the conversation in terms of how women are treated. Liz Dimmock, Founder and CEO of Women Ahead, discussed the importance of mentoring and role models to help individuals succeed; and Rowena Ironside, Chair of Women on Boards UK, described how taking risks helped build her confidence as well the important steps that have made a difference to the number of women on boards.
Laura Haynes, co-chair of UN Women UK National Committee closed the debate, which was followed by a lively Q&A session covering gender bias, provocative imagery and feminism on the national curriculum.
One of the organisers of the event, and trustee of UN Women UK NC, Barbara Cleary said of the event:
“Women make up 51 per cent of the world’s population yet they remain under represented at the decision making and negotiating tables. The result is that the legitimate demands and needs of women are not seen. If real change is to be achieved then women must be in a position to be able to represent women’s needs and influence change. Where women are in leadership roles the evidence shows whole societies benefit. It was fantastic to have so many gathered to discuss inspirational leadership and the actions so many women who have inspired change have taken including our distinguished speakers. The atmosphere in the room was explosive and I look forward to many more lively gatherings and informed debates in 2016.”
Learn more about UN Women’s Safe Cities Global Initiative
As part of this effort, and working with the UN Women UK National Committee, Atelier Swarovski, Swarovski’s luxury fashion accessories line, has launched an exclusive charity bracelet to be sold in selected Swarovski stores across the globe.
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Atelier Swarovski will donate 30% of the RRP from every sale to UN Women in support of the initiative, which is the first-ever global programme to develop and implement tools, policies and approaches on the prevention of harassment and violence against women and girls around the world.
From sexual harassment to sexual assault including rape and femicide, women fear sexual violence in public spaces like streets, public transport and parks. This violence can also occur in public sanitation facilities or in their own neighbourhoods, reducing women’s and girls’ freedom of movement and ability to participate in school, work, and public life.
Although violence in the private domain is now widely recognized as a human rights violation, violence against women and girls remains a largely neglected issue. UN Women’s Safe Cities Global Initiative has generated a number of innovative results through partnerships with mayors’ offices, national Governments, women’s groups and other community partners.
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On Thursday 19th November Italian fashion house, Max Mara, held a shopping evening in aid of UN Women UK. Their flagship Bond Street store was an oasis of beauty and luxury as customers were treated to guided tours of the winter collections, whilst being serenaded by the jazz band. During the evening 10% of sales were donated to UN Women UK. Laura Haynes gave a speech informing the guests about the work of UN Women in the UK and globally.
Thank you to everyone at Max Mara who made this possible!]]>
On 25th November 2015 a United Nations call to #orangetheworld will spur global action calling for an end to violence against women and girls, which affectsdjarviss.fr one in three worldwide.
“Orange The World”, highlighted by a colour symbolising a bright and optimistic future free of violence, is part of the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, led by UN Women. The call to action will run during the civil society-driven16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based parajumpers pas cher Violence, which run from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until 10 December, Human Rights Day. This year’s ‘Orange the World” initiative will focus on the theme of preventing violence against women and girls, in the specific context of the adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, which includes targets on ending violence against women and girls.
Coinciding with the 16 days of Activism, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will undertake visits to three continents highlighting the urgent need for efforts to address the pandemic of violence at all levels, from global to the local and across all sections of society, during high-profile events in Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Spain and Turkey.
“Violence against women and girls remains one of the most serious – and the most tolerated – human rights violations. It is both a cause and a consequence of gender inequality and discrimination”, said UN Under- Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. “The focus must now be on prevention, and although there is no single solution to such a complex problem, there is growing evidence of the range of actions that can stop violence before it happens. This comprehensive approach forms the core of the new framework developed by UN Women and our partner agencies.”
With the recent adoption by world leaders of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a bold new global development agenda in September 2015, a critical juncture was reached in global recognition that violence against women and girls is a serious but preventable problem. The gender equality goal, Goal 5 of the SDGs, aims to end all forms of discrimination against women and girls. It recognizes violence against women as an obstacle to fully achieving the development agenda and will provide comprehensive indicators on what we should do to address that goal.
There has been some progress over the last few decades; today 125 countries have laws against sexual harassment and 119 against domestic violence, but only 52 countries have laws against marital rape. Despite efforts, violence against women and girls continues in every country, with women being beaten in their homes, harassed on the streets and bullied on the Internet. Preventing and ending violence means tackling its root cause, gender inequality.
Follow @SayNO_UNiTE, and share your messages using the hashtags #orangetheworld and #16days on Facebook and Twitter.]]>
This September, in commemoration of HeForShe’s first anniversary, we launched the first-ever HeForShe Get Free University Tour. On this first tour, HeForShe visited six universities across the UK and France: University of Leicester, University of Nottingham, the Paris Institute of Political Science (Institut d’études Politiques de Paris), University of Cambridge, the London School of Economics, and Imperial College London. Our three key, ambitious aims for the tour were to: raise awareness of gender equality to an all-time high among students; to raise visibility of UN Women as the globalparajumpersentity for women & girls and to energise youth supporters to create structural change.
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Each University tour consisted of two parts: grassroots engagement and a facilitated discussion on gender equality led by the university Chancellor. The tour gave us an unprecedented opportunity to hear students’ own Canada Goose Cyber Monday sales on gender equality, their experiences, hopes, questions and solutions. We were impressed by the thought these students put into the topic. They shared with us a nuanced parajumpers femme and carefully considered understanding of gender that gives us hope that we can achieve equality in this lifetime. As one student eloquently put it, this generation wants us to “treat all people like people; nothing less.” We are eager to rise to the challenge.
At the end of each day, students were asked to “tell us the one thing you want HeForShe to change at your university”. It was evident from the diversity of the responses we received that gender affects the experiences of students, from their first day on campus through to their career choices. Concerns and issues were raised around the key themes of academic equality, career equality, sexual harassment and assault and implicit biases.
The impact of the tour was vast in its reach: 110,000 students across six institutions in two countries, a global conversation, reaching more than 1 billion people around the world through print media and a further 35 million via twitter alone. We forged canada goose outlet toronto factory with global institutions that will take the Get Free tour around the world – the University of Nottingham’s campuses in Malaysia and China are just one example of this. 2016 will be an exciting year for the HeForShe Get Free university tour. We are eager to extend our reach to universities across Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and North America.
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We are delighted to welcome a distinguished panel of speakers who will share their experiences and show how women in leadership and decision-making help to build a better and just society for all. We will also explore the work of UN Women, supporting women in leadership roles acrossparajumpers pas cher the spectrum – in the community, politics and business.
Rowena Ironside - Chair, Women on Boards UK Ltd and Non-Exec Director Digital Capital
Liz Dimmock - Founder and CEO, Women Ahead and Steering Committee Member, The 30% Club
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson - Paralympian, Peer in the House of Lords, Broadcaster, Board Member TfL, LLDC
Laura Haynes - Co-Chair, UN Women NC UK
We look forward to welcoming you and hearing your thoughts at this UN Women NC UK informative and thought-provoking event.
This is a free event but a suggested donation of £10.00 to UN WOMEN’s Fund for Gender Equality is warmly encouraged. It is essential to register prior to the event to secure places. We expect it to be a popular event, so to secure your place please email: email@example.com