We’ve had the great opportunity to talk to Rosalyn Mesina, Country Program Manager for WeEmpower Asia within UN Women. We dive into SDG 5 on gender equality and SDG 8 on decent work and economic growth in the Philippines. We focus on how gender equality and economic empowerment of women is instrumental to reaching the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. We discuss how women are expected to do unpaid labor at home, taking care of children and elderly, while also doing productive work as employees. Then we also explore how WeEmpower Asia is collaborating with the private sector and financial institutions to create awareness on gender equality and how to make businesses mindful about their supply chains. Lastly we also talk about the impact of covid-19 on women in the Philippines, as well as the challenges and opportunities of Filipina migrant workers..
Listen in on this podcast to hear about the ways in which WeEmpower Asia contribute to the economic empowerment of women in the Philippines. Here’s a snippet of what we talked about:
“More companies aware that they need to also make a statement, making sure that the sources of their goods are sourced and secured through ethical and responsible business conduct processes. When companies adopt the Women’s Empowerment Principles, they will be made aware and able to review their value chains and market place, and review the impact they have in the communities where they operate. We want to make more companies accountable, not just to their shareholders and business owners, but also to their employees and the communities they operate in. Make them more mindful not only about the role they play in the economy, but for society as a whole.”
Source of photo courtesy of UN Women.