Women's Empowerment Principles

Posted on 05/08/2015 by Woodward Chrisp. Article courtesy of the Gisborne Herald.

GISBORNE has become the first city outside Wellington and Auckland to take a lead role in implementing a United Nations-led initiative to further equal workplace rights for women.

Following an official launch on 5 August 2015, Gisborne became the first regional centre to adopt The UN Women and the UN Global Compact Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP) initiative to bring about change in the workplace. 

Woodward Chrisp and the Gisborne Herald were the first Gisborne businesses to sign up to the initiative.

Business and Professional Women national president Vicky Mee said the launch yesterday gave Gisborne businesses the opportunity to point the rest of regional New Zealand in the right direction.

You can read the full article by the Gisborne Herald here   http://www.gisborneherald.co.nz/news/article/?id=42596 


1. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality
2. Treat all women and men fairly at work - respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination
3. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers
4. Promote education, training and professional development for women
5. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women
6. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy
7. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality