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The UN Women 2020 Asia-Pacific WEPs Awards 

The UN Women 2020 Asia-Pacific WEPs Awards aim to encourage, value and recognize the efforts of individuals and businesses that promote gender-inclusive business cultures and the achievement of gender equality in the Asia-Pacific, guided by the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). Launched worldwide in 2010 by UN women and UN Global Compact, the WEPs is a holistic set of 7 principles that support business to advance gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community. 

The 10th Anniversary of the Women's Empowerment Principles

2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the Women’s Empowerment Principles. While there is progress to celebrate, the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare and exacerbated existing gender inequalities in our region. It is time to act now to build back better. Business has an instrumental role and a unique opportunity to play, and we have also seen that the WEPs can be a powerful tool for accelerated COVID-19 recovery. That’s why we want to award companies who are leading the path and inspiring others to build stronger, more resilient and inclusive businesses.  

The UN Women 2020 Asia-Pacific WEPs Awards will recognize initiatives in the following categories: Leadership CommitmentYouth LeadershipGender-inclusive WorkplaceGender-responsive MarketplaceCommunity and Industry Engagement and COVID-19 Action. Winners will be celebrated at the prestigious Regional WEPs Awards Ceremony on December 15, 2020

The 2020 Asia-Pacific WEPs Awards are sponsored by WeEmpowerAsia, a joint programme by the European Union and UN Women aimed at increasing the number of women who lead and participate in the economy in China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam, thereby advancing inclusive and sustainable growth along with stronger links between European and Asian markets through gender-sensitive trade chains. We thank the European Union for their generous support as a close partner to UN Women and for their substantial efforts for gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Asia-Pacific and throughout the world. 


To recognize our WeEmpowerAsia countries, this year’s Awards we will be celebrating national winners with additional Local Ceremonies in China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam in November 2020.

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