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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.

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.

For many corporations, working on women’s empowerment and women’s rights isn’t just the nice thing to do — it’s critical for making money. “Women are absolutely crucial both to the growth of our business but also to the growth of the local economy in the local community,” said Charlotte Oades, Coca-Cola’s global director for women's economic empowerment. “If we can help through economic empowerment of women, their local communities will thrive and business generally will thrive.”

For many corporations, working on women’s empowerment and women’s rights isn’t just the nice thing to do — it’s critical for making money. “Women are absolutely crucial both to the growth of our business but also to the growth of the local economy in the local community,” said Charlotte Oades, Coca-Cola’s global director for women's economic empowerment. “If we can help through economic empowerment of women, their local communities will thrive and business generally will thrive.”

She's a girl - inside the IRC's Vision Not Victim Project.  Sixteen-year-old Alliance, who told the IRC of her dream of becoming a university professor, discusses architecture with college students during her Vision Not Victim Project photo shoot in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Meredith Hutchison

She's a girl - inside the IRC's Vision Not Victim Project. Sixteen-year-old Alliance, who told the IRC of her dream of becoming a university professor, discusses architecture with college students during her Vision Not Victim Project photo shoot in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Meredith Hutchison

Sydney-based start-up accelerator BlueChilli launched a new program designed to address the gender gap in the burgeoning technology sector in Australia.

Sydney-based start-up accelerator BlueChilli launched a new program designed to address the gender gap in the burgeoning technology sector in Australia.

Ms. Okutani, who is now the head of Women's World Banking Japan (WWB Japan), is at the center of a growing network of female entrepreneurs in this male-dominated country, having helped more than 1,000 women launch their own enterprises.

Kyoko Okutani helps women start businesses, skirting Japan's gender gap

Ms. Okutani, who is now the head of Women's World Banking Japan (WWB Japan), is at the center of a growing network of female entrepreneurs in this male-dominated country, having helped more than 1,000 women launch their own enterprises.

The International Trade Centre has some fantastic projects focusing on women in small to medium enterprises. This group of women are so overlooked in development, but have the potential to do so much - they are employers of women, creators of growth, and build better and more sustainable businesses.

The International Trade Centre has some fantastic projects focusing on women in small to medium enterprises. This group of women are so overlooked in development, but have the potential to do so much - they are employers of women, creators of growth, and build better and more sustainable businesses.

BSR's HERproject - a three-pronged empowerment program to improve wellbeing of female factory workers in cooperation w/ companies - providing workplace empowerment training, advocacy with business and government and capacity building of local NGOs.

BSR's HERproject - a three-pronged empowerment program to improve wellbeing of female factory workers in cooperation w/ companies - providing workplace empowerment training, advocacy with business and government and capacity building of local NGOs.

President of the Solomon Islands Women in Business Association, Julie Haro is working to increase women’s leadership and economic empowerment in Solomon Islands. 'Women play such a large role in our community, but this is taken for granted and goes unrecognised,' she said.  'We need better representation and women in decision-making positions so they can influence and advocate for all women. It's a change that needs to be at all levels—in politics, business and across the community.'

President of the Solomon Islands Women in Business Association, Julie Haro is working to increase women’s leadership and economic empowerment in Solomon Islands. 'Women play such a large role in our community, but this is taken for granted and goes unrecognised,' she said. 'We need better representation and women in decision-making positions so they can influence and advocate for all women. It's a change that needs to be at all levels—in politics, business and across the community.'

Women-owned business facts: Women-owned businesses survive downturns in the economy better than their counterparts and leverage the assets of societal changes to sustain the momentum for the women-owned businesses.

Women-owned business facts: Women-owned businesses survive downturns in the economy better than their counterparts and leverage the assets of societal changes to sustain the momentum for the women-owned businesses.

Pinki almost didn't get to go to school because her parents didn't think she was a worthwhile investment. Now she's the most educated person in her village. Click to read her story.

Pinki almost didn't get to go to school because her parents didn't think she was a worthwhile investment. Now she's the most educated person in her village. Click to read her story.

National Council for Research on Women's 30 leaders changing the way we see women. This is Analisa Balares, the founder of Womensphere.

National Council for Research on Women's 30 leaders changing the way we see women. This is Analisa Balares, the founder of Womensphere.

Online platform for networking of women from social entrepreneurship launched - eKapija.ba

Online platform for networking of women from social entrepreneurship launched - eKapija.ba

Congratulations to Roshika Deo, candidate for 2014 Fiji Elections & formerly with Fiji Women’s Rights Movement. Roshika was one of 10 women to receive the International Women of Courage Award. Roshika is recognised for inspiring Fijian women & youth to believe in the power of civic participation by engaging in democratic processes in the lead up to the 2014 Fiji elections, as well as her contributions to eliminate discrimination & violence against women.

Congratulations to Roshika Deo, candidate for 2014 Fiji Elections & formerly with Fiji Women’s Rights Movement. Roshika was one of 10 women to receive the International Women of Courage Award. Roshika is recognised for inspiring Fijian women & youth to believe in the power of civic participation by engaging in democratic processes in the lead up to the 2014 Fiji elections, as well as her contributions to eliminate discrimination & violence against women.

International Womens Day 2013 -  UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet calls for action on ending violence against women in her message for International Women's Day

International Womens Day 2013 - UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet calls for action on ending violence against women in her message for International Women's Day