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Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs)

BPW Canada supports the UN Women and UN Global Compact Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and encourages the awareness, promotion and integration of the Women’s Empowerment Principles into all aspects of Canadian life; including small business, all levels of government and civil society.

Women’s Empowerment is a top organizational priority and we invite all stakeholders in Canada to demonstrate their support for the WEPs and encourage business leaders to implement them to demonstrate their commitment to gender equality in Canada.

A Strategic Approach for Positive Change

What are the WEPs?

The Women’s Empowerment Principles(WEPs) are a set of Principles for businesses that offer guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

WEPs Vision

Transform corporate behavior and intentionally position gender and women’s empowerment as essential core business objectives.

WEPs Objective

Motivate and guide business to take wide ranging actions to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community and to view such action as an integral and necessary part of corporate sustainability.

How Can Stakeholders use the Seven Women's Empowerment Principles?

While designed as a tool for the private sector to strengthen company policies and programs to create a culture that can achieve gender equality, the Principles provide a platform for all stakeholders to advance their commitment to gender equality. Together we can create a Canada where women’s economic capacity is unleashed and where women are fully engaged in positions of leadership and strategic decision-making. As well as being a useful guide for business, the Principles seek to inform other stakeholders, including governments, and civil society in their engagement with business.

The Seven Principles:


Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality


Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination


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

BPW Canada commends the collaboration between the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact for their efforts to bring the business case for gender equity to the forefront.

BPW Bowmanville's Women's Economic Empowerment Interview

Rogers TV interview, October 2016: BPW Bowmanville members: Carrie Andrews and Corinna Traill. Topic: “Why Women’s Economic Empowerment on a community by community basis is so important to achieving long-term fiscal sustainability for all.”;

Video: Women’s Empowerment Principles

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