IV Global Forum "Business for Gender Equality: The Future of Work and the 2030 Agenda"

27-28 February, Santiago de Chile

49% of women participate in the labour market compared to 76% of men. Photo: Shutterstock

The IV Global Forum of Companies for Gender Equality: The Future of Work in the 2030 Agenda, is an event co-organized by the Government of Chile and the United Nations Development Program with the International Labor Organization and UN Women. The forum will bring together more than 400 business leaders, governments, academia, trade unions and civil society from more than 25 countries, with the purpose of sharing innovative practices to reduce gender gaps in the workplace and highlight the role of the private sector as a key player for the advancement of gender equality, the empowerment of women and the achievement of more inclusive work environments, which contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. The event will be inaugurated by the President of the Republic, Michelle Bachelet, United Nations officials and other global leaders.

The objectives of this forum are:

Leverage the collective wisdom for driving change and innovation towards the achievement of gender equality in the workplace

Start new conversations around gender-related issues such as the future of work, organizational transformation, new masculinities, diversity management and others

Share experiences and lessons learned to overcome gender inequalities the business world

Build partnerships among governments, private sector and trade unions, to foster public policy development and accelerate the elimination of gender gaps at work

This forum is developed within the framework of the Gender Equality Seal Certification, in which UNDP in partnership with governments from Latin America and other regions in the world, including Africa, Asia-Pacific and Eastern Europe, has worked for more than a decade in the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women in the workplace, through the creation of certification programs for gender management systems. This program recognizes companies that achieve high standards to promote gender equality and close gaps in the workplace. The Gender Equality Seal Certification helps small and large companies and organizations, in the creation of work environments where the contributions of men and women are equally valued. Under a multi-site scheme, counting the certifications of different business units within the same organization, more than 600 companies and more than 1,700 locations in Latin America have been certified.

The IV Forum gives continuity to the discussions and commitments adopted during the III Global Forum of Companies for Gender Equality, which was co-organized by the UNDP and the Government of Panama in November 2016., which brought together more than 450 government participants, private company, academia, unions and civil society from 24 countries.

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