Gender Equality

IN BRIEF

Across every sphere — from health to the economy, security to social protection — the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis are disproportionately affecting women. The UN Secretary-General alerted the world that the crisis could even reverse the limited progress that has been made on gender equality and women’s rights in the past decades; however, the current crisis could also provide a rare chance to disrupt gender stereotypes, show that leadership and decision-making should be shared responsibilities and build back better and more gender-inclusive world.

KEY STATISTICS

CHALLENGES


ACTIONS

WHAT ARE COMPANIES
DOING?


  • Establishing mentoring and collaboration networks for employees: Verizon & Co. is planning to launch a mentoring program aimed at providing women entrepreneurs and business owners a network of women business leaders to assist in navigating a COVID-19 reality.
  • Honouring existing contracts with women-owned businesses: Eczacıbaşı Holding is ensuring the continuity of its manufacturing operations, especially those producing critical goods and services.
  • Creating programmes to support vulnerable people: Rockwool Group is engaged in projects and programmes focusing on energy poverty with the aim of improving living conditions of vulnerable groups at this time.
  • Using philanthropic efforts to support women and girls: BLC Bank is supporting local businesses by purchasing gift cards, placing product orders, providing employees with lunches and donating to local charities.
  • Ensuring mental health is prioritized as much as physical health: : Sparta Corporate Solutions has created a free online counseling for psycho-emotional relief where 80% of callers are women.
  • Supporting women-owned businesses: Charoen Pokphand Group Co.,Ltd. (C.P. Group) is maintaining purchase orders and ensuring that SMEs in their supply chains are paid on time so that they can stay afloat and keep their employees paid.
  • Addressing women’s additional burden of care: Santander created a programme to help women who left their jobs to raise their children rejoin the labor market.

TOOLS &
RESOURCES


  • News