A Palestinian CEO signs the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEP)

Added on:  06-Nov-2014

Jerusalem, 6 November 2014 - Mohammed Zaki Nuseibeh & Sons Group has become today one of the first Palestinian companies to sign the CEO Statement of Support for the Women Empowerment Principles, in a small ceremony held at the UN Women office in East Jerusalem.

By signing the statement, Samer Mohammed Nuseibeh commits its company to transform its corporate behaviour and practices to make gender equality and women’s empowerment core business objectives.

Research has demonstrated that utilizing all social and economic assets is crucial for success, and gender diversity helps business perform better. Yet, in Palestine, women’s engagement in the labour market continues to remain amongst the lowest in the world despite high education rate. Ensuring the inclusion of women’s talents, skills, experience and energies requires intentional actions and deliberate policies and this requires techniques, tools and practices that bring results.

The Women’s Empowerment Principles, a partnership initiative of UN Women and UN Global Compact (UNGC) provide a set of considerations to help the private sector focus on key elements integral to promoting gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community.

For Samer Nuseibeh, “business will benefit from wider women participation and integrating these principles is crucial towards this achievement. The Women's Empowerment Principles are now the international standard for gender equality and empowerment of women. This standard needs to be applied locally, in our Jerusalem and Palestinian business community, and I trust others companies will follow the way so as to benefit our whole economy and society.“

For Samah Jaouny, UN Women Project Coordinator on the “Spring Forward for Women” Programme, funded by the European Union and UN Women: “UN Women is proud to see today the Palestinian private sector taking a commitment to these principles. Empowering women to participate in full and productive employment is essential to expand economic growth, promote social development and enhance business performance. Companies (private and public) are key actors to promote women’s economic empowerment.

In implementing the principles, the Company will start by offering all women employees the option for part-time tele-working, as a way to both encourage women to pursue with their professional career along their family/home commitments, and more women to join the company.

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