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WIL ECONOMIC FORUM AFRICA
Africa has evolved rapidly and witnessed huge economic transformations in the recent years. However, gender inequality is costing sub-Saharan Africa on average $US95 billion a year, peaking at US$105 billion in 2014– or six percent of the region’s GDP – jeopardising the continent’s efforts for inclusive human development and economic growth.
In 2009, the first Global WIL Economic Forum broke new ground in the Middle East by giving a platform for women leaders to gather and create opportunities. Since then, the forum has travelled across continents and evolved much.
As part of its commitment to ‘The Women’s Empowerment Principles’ of UN Global Compact and UN Women, and in continuation of its efforts to fight global gender inequality, Naseba will be hosting the inaugural WIL edition in Africa, WIL Economic Forum Africa.
The WIL Economic Forum Africa will bring together 300 key actors from around the continent to dissect issues around gender equality, chart out an actionable roadmap to economically empower African women and act as ambassadors of positive change.
While staying committed to its initial objective to champion gender diversity, the WIL Economic Forum Africa now sheds light on other economic imperatives and inclusion of all in social impact.
WIL Economic Forum highlights
TAILOR-MAKE YOUR EXPERIENCE
- Pick from three streams of themes.
- Chose sessions depending on their level of interactivity.
- Use the forum’s app to organise meetings and start conversations with the attendees of your choice.
- Listen to, learn from and get your questions answered by global thought leaders and role models.
- Gain insight into some of the best diversity and inclusion practices through real-life examples.
MEET WITH LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE
- Join a community of individuals sharing the same objectives.
- Build relationships with cross-sector peers, industry leaders and individuals you look up to.
A GLIMPSE OF THE WIL EXPERIENCE
‘The forum is driving the conversation around diversity & inclusion’
Frederic Kanoute, Former Professional Footballer and Humanitarian
‘We don’t just talk about change that needs to happen, but find actionable steps to achieving lasting change’
Assia Grazioli-Venier, Founder, Muse Capital, Member of the Board of Directors, Juventus Football Club
‘We get to learn from one another and showcase how Pfizer is a achieving parity in the workplace’
Menassie E. Taddese, Regional President, Pfizer Innovative Health
WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT PRINCIPLES
Pledge your commitment to support women’s economic empowerment
The Women Economic Empowerment Global Summit (WEEGS) is providing a platform for entities, organisations, individuals and governments to pledge commitments to action to promote a women inclusive economy through programmes, actions, research, policies and regulations or activities that will aim to increase women participation and integration in the economy, eliminating inequality in the workplace, and encouraging entrepreneurship. The pledged actions should be implemented before the end of 2019.
The 7 principles are:
- Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality
- Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination
- Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers
- Promote education, training and professional development for women
- Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women
- Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy
- Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality
As a signatory of the Women’s Economic Empowerment Principles, Naseba invites you and your organisation to take the pledge and empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.
For more information about the Women’s Empowerment Principles, please visit http://www.weprinciples.org/