How can today’s generation help in accelerating the gender equality agenda amongst India Inc? In what ways can the prevalent gender gap be addressed? What can we do now so that we hand over a  gender-equal world to our future generations?  Ahead of this year’s International Women’s Day, a Gender Equality Summit, 2020 will be organised in Delhi by Global Compact Network India (GCNI) a local arm of United Nations Global Compact.

The theme of the summit is ‘India Inc for Generation Equality: Decade of Action’. The GES 2020 will focus on highlighting the role of the current generation in accelerating the gender equality agenda amongst India Inc. The theme for GES 2020 is aligned with the theme for International Women’s Day 2020 ‘I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights’.

Generation Equality’ holds the potential to bring about change – from impacting the lives of rural entrepreneurs to transformation of formal urban workspaces, from policy to design, from institutional to social norms.

GES 2020 will deliberate on how 2020 India Inc can channel learnings and resources to mobilize and converge greater action towards gender equality, and gender neutrality across industries and sectors. GES 2020 will call on and bring together thought leaders from the Corporate Sector, Governments, not-for-profits and community at large to discuss how gender equality impacts work, and how the future of work would in turn impact gender equality in years to come.

GES 2020 will deliberate on how 2020 India Inc can channel learnings and resources to mobilize and converge greater action towards gender equality, and gender neutrality across industries and sectors.

This summit is a platform for discussing the issues in the current day and what is required to ensure gender equality in the years to come.

The Summit will:

  • Gain insights on emerging trends on gender equality through the lens of Generation 2020.
  • Understand the necessities concerning workplace enablement practices for working women in the formal and informal space cutting across generations.
  • Deliberate on how to confront traditional norms around gender that are difficult to break.
  • Identify the role of young women entrepreneurs in addressing cultural barriers in India.
  • Determine focus areas of partnerships for aligning long term business and sustainability goals with the gender equality agenda.

Participants

The Summit will have participants including CEOs, CXOs, and Heads of Corporate organizations including the Public Sector besides representatives from Academia, Civil Society and UN entities from across India. The participants will seek for solutions and formulate corrective actions on Gender Equality and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed by 195 countries of the United Nations.

About The Global Compact Network India

As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, Global Compact Network India (GCNI), a local arm of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), New York is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Launched in 2000, the mandate of the UN Global Compact is to guide and support the global business community in advancing UN goals and values through responsible corporate practices. It is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world.

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