About WeEmpower Asia

WeEmpowerAsia is a joint programme by the European Union and UN Women aimed at increasing the number of women who lead and participate in private-sector businesses 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 and supply chains. 


The programme work to achieve its objective through a three-pillar holistic approach: 

  • Creating an Enabling Environment in which women’s
    networks, public institutions, and the private sector
    collaborate and share expertise and knowledge to
    promote women’s economic empowerment in the
    workplace and in the marketplace. 

  • Promoting Gender-Inclusive Entrepreneurship by 
    developing the capacity of women-owned businesses
    and women entrepreneurs and promoting gender-inclusive
    policies and practices for men-owned businesses and men

  • Private sector engagement to encourage companies to
    implement gender-sensitive practices and culture within
    their businesses through the take-up of the
    Women’s Empowerment Principles.

This integrated approach supports us to reach our Power of 7 Vision: 

  • Promoting 7 Women's Empowerment Principles; 

  • across 7 countries in Asia; 

  • activating 700 companies;  

  • catalyzing 700 women entrepreneurs;  

  • impacting 700,000 people (employees, consumers and entrepreneurs);  

  • mobilizing 70 influencers; and  

  • contributing to at least 7 policy dialogues in the region.

Learn more about WeEmpower Asia on our website, where you can find information on our specific initiatives to promote women’s economic empowerment in the region. You can also learn more about how COVID-19 has impacted women in the region and how WEA is responding to guide the private sector to build back more gender-inclusive.   

The views expressed throughout this website are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the European Union, UN Women or the United Nations.


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