The women’s empowerment principles were put out by UN Women to put forth the main thrust of women’s rights in addition to the economic benefits. The statement is that equality means business.
- The first principle is that you need to establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality. This means that you can encourage the ability of women to enter into the highest rungs of the corporate leadership ladder.
- The second principle is treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination. All this means is that in socio-cultural life individuals deserve respect and support with respect to their human rights. They should be treated on merit.
- The third is the need to ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers. The equality that comes from this is that the well-being of men and women, their health, can then be better taken into account for the improvement of the workplace, the quality of work, and the society.
- The fourth is promote education, training and professional development for women. This means that the women in societies have the ability to have access to education, and the encouragement of this to allow them to achieve their full potential.
- The fifth is implement enterprise development, supply-chain and marketing practices that empower women. This is a subtler one. However, it can include the many, many aspects of women’s empowerment at the socio-cultural level through the influence of advertising and marketing targeted to women and their empowerment.
- The sixth one is the need to promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy. This might be called collective action. It is a collective initiative to advocate for equality in communities, townships, cities, provinces, territories, states, and nations. This then flies out into regions of the world for women’s equality.
- The seventh is measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality. In other words, this means the ability to quantify, whether qualitatively or quantitatively, the progress of gender equality in all domains of domestic, public, and professional life.