Women’s Economic Empowerment and Equality Workshop – South and Southeast Asia

Event Date: 
Thursday, December 8, 2016 to Friday, December 9, 2016

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is partnering with USAID and FHI 360 to co-host a workshop in Bangkok Thailand on December 8-9, 2016 to promote women’s economic empowerment in the South and Southeast Asia region.  The workshop will focus on USAID’s framework on Women’s Economic Empowerment & Equality (WE3), in which USCCF has played a role as an advising stakeholder.

The U.S. Chamber Foundation would like to invite U.S private sector companies which have operations in South and South East Asia region to send their regional representatives to this workshop. A number of members of the business community are already attending. We believe that public-private partnerships and dialogue are necessary to advance women’s economic empowerment in the region, which will in turn have significant gains for the business community.

We will be bringing together diverse development actors, including corporations, women’s chambers of commerce, regional women’s networks, donors, academics, NGOs, and grassroots leaders from developing countries. The goal is to work together to craft a collective vision and map out tangible, joint steps to increase women’s economic empowerment and equality in the region.

Attendees may represent the business units of the companies or be from backgrounds including Diversity and Inclusion, Human Resources, Supplier Diversity, Corporate Social Responsibility, Public Affairs and Policy, Community Affairs, Corporate Foundations or other relevant arms of the company which have a workforce, community investment or advocacy function. American Chambers of Commerce in the regions are also invited to attend this workshop. 

Please find the agenda here: 

To register and help make recommendations for the workshop, email Shamarukh Mohiuddin at smohiuddin@uschamber.com

Workshop Objectives:

  • Regional women’s entrepreneurship development through capacity building and procurement strategies
  • Strengthen workforce diversity, inclusion and talent acquisition strategies
  • Enable women’s access to education and skills, technology, health, economic resources and finance
  • Enhance women’s safety, security and overall well-being
  • Solicit practical input for implementing the USAID Women’s Economic Empowerment & Equality Framework (WE3)
  • Strengthen existing partnerships and identify new ones around WE3
  • Identify tangible WE3 challenges and create joint action plans to solve them

Opportunities for Discussion:

  • Empowering female staff, leaders, and board members by making internal policies, systems, norms, and beliefs more gender equitable.
  • Using investments in sourcing and CSR programs, and/or grant-making to support women at every stage of the value chain.
  • Using reputation and relationships with peers and customers to influence policy in communities of operation.
  • Working with NGOs, governments, foundations, advocacy groups, and businesses to address specific barriers and to advance women’s rights. Programs can leverage external knowledge and experience to incorporate best practices.
  • Sourcing inputs from regional businesses that directly empower women as suppliers, contractors, and distributors and establish policies encouraging this practice.

It is a participatory process that enables all stakeholders to agree on a common vision for the future and to create and implement collaborative and sustainable actions towards this shared vision. This is a strong mechanism through which USAID can therefore build wide stakeholder agreement and buy-in towards a shared, agency-wide WEE Framework.

To attend, please email Shamarukh Mohiuddin. To reserve reduced rates at 2 hotels near the workshop (only available until Nov. 3), call NOVOTEL BANGKOK PLOENCHIT+66 (0) 2 305 6028, OR ORIENTAL RESIDENCE +66 (0) 2 125 9000, and ask for the FHI 360 block reduced rate.