FACT SHEET: The Equal Futures Partnership to Expand Women¹s Political and Economic Participation
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
FACT SHEET: The
Equal Futures Partnership to Expand Women’s Political and Economic Participation
THE PROMISE OF EQUAL
response to President Obama’s challenge to other heads of state to break down
barriers to women’s political and economic participation, former Secretary of
State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Valerie Jarrett launched the Equal Futures Partnership on behalf of the United
States in September 2012.
The Equal Futures Partnership is an
innovative U.S.-led multilateral initiative designed to encourage member
countries to empower women economically and politically. Equal Futures
partner countries commit to taking actions including legal, regulatory, and
policy reforms to ensure women fully participate in public life at the local,
regional, and national levels, and that they lead and benefit from inclusive
Equal Futures partners include Australia,
Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Croatia, Denmark, EU, Finland, Indonesia, Italy,
Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru,
Senegal, Sierra Leone, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tunisia, and the USA.
Multilateral stakeholders including UN Women and the World Bank and leading businesses
and non-profit institutions also support the Partnership.
Commitments to Action
country participating in the Equal Futures Partnership works closely with civil
society and other stakeholders to identify areas for action. They then
set achievable goals as commitments within the Partnership. Many
establish coordinating bodies to develop and oversee the implementation of
Equal Futures commitments. Moving forward, Equal Futures countries will
report on progress within the Partnership and exchange best practices and
lessons learned through technical working groups.
year, Italy, Japan, and Mexico have joined the Partnership, and Switzerland has
delivered a letter of intent to join. Highlights from new member
commitments include: Japan will work to dramatically raise the
percentage of female workers’ participation in the labor market by providing an
incentive to private companies to empower women and help employees maintain
balance between work and child-rearing. They will also work to increase
the percentage of women in government leadership positions to at least 30% by
2020. Italy will implement new programs to improve women’s
ability to access scientific, technological, research, and corporate careers; and
will implement its National Action Plan against Gender-Based Violence and
Stalking. Mexico will target the economic empowerment of
indigenous and rural women entrepreneurs through specially designed qualitative
diagnostic needs based assessments; promote a significant increase of women in
decision-making and leadership positions; and address the cycle of violence
against women including prevention, services and access to justice.
learn more about the progress other partnership countries have made on their
commitments, click here.
year on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly, the United States
announced a number of new commitments, including:
White House Summit on Working Families: The financial security
of hardworking American families is the foundation of a strong and growing
economy. That’s why next spring President Obama will convene a White
House Summit on Working Families, in partnership with the Center for American
Progress and U.S. Department of Labor. The summit builds on the
President’s plan to ensure a better bargain for hardworking Americans by
elevating the ongoing national conversation about making today’s workplace work
for everyone – from working parents struggling to balance thedemands of
their jobs with the needs of their families, to businesses seeking to attract
and retain skilled workers and improve their bottom lines. In preparation
for the Summit, the White House Council on Women and Girls will hold
discussions with working families, employers, business and labor leaders,
economists, and advocates to seek out new ideas for ensuring fair pay,
encouraging more family-friendly workplaces, and improving and strengthening
our businesses and our economy as a whole. Find
out more about the U.S. commitments here.
Support from Multilateral and Private
advance the goals of the Equal Futures Partnership, we are collaborating with
multilateral stakeholders and the private sector to help countries strengthen
and implement their efforts. TheWorld Bank Group, host
ofFrom Promise to Progress: The Equal
Futures Partnership in April 2013, will continue to work with partners to identify
opportunities to support implementation of country commitments through analysis
and advice, policy dialogue and financing. The new WBG strategy outlines
new frontiers for joint collaboration and learning around gender-based
violence, discrimination, and inequality at work. A major new report on
women's voice, agency, and participation will be released in Spring 2014,
outlining major challenges and an agenda for action. UN Women will work
with the Equal Futures Partnership in the areas of economic and political
empowerment and ending violence against women through technical advice,
knowledge and capacity development, facilitating and sharing of best practices,
and supporting implementation of commitments at the country level. UN
Women will use its Knowledge
Gateway to disseminate experience coming from the Partnership.
In-Depth STEM Education for Girls: Girls Inc. and Discovery
Education will collaborate to provide girls with access to Discovery
Education’s STEM Camp – a dynamic series of standards-aligned STEM
curriculabuilt around the National Academy of Engineering's grand
engineering challenges. This partnership will further Girls Inc.’s
efforts to encourage girls’ participation and achievement in STEM fields.
This partnership will create opportunities for educators and mentors to
participate in a series of Discovery Education professional development
opportunities and receive training on best practices for implementing
innovative STEM curricula.
Innovative Business Education for Women Entrepreneurs:
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Thunderbird School of Global Management,
and BlueDrop Performance Learning commit to advancing women’s entrepreneurship
through DreamBuilder, an innovative business training tool. Now launched
in Peru, the partners together with the Peruvian government commit to rolling
out the program to all Peruvian women. To support women in the U.S.,
Dreambuilder will be piloted with select Small Business Administration Women’s
Business Centers, with an eye towards reaching the network of 100 centers
nationwide serving almost 140,000 women.
Promoting Media Literacy: Miss Representation, an award-winning
documentary, exposes mainstream media’s underrepresentation of women in
positions of power and influence in America. MissRepresentation.org,
a non-profit social action campaign and media organization, commits to
partnering with community organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters,
businesses and educators to bring its curriculum to high-risk
communities. Miss Representation has already reached an estimated 500,000
students, and commits to reach at least one million more youth across the U.S.
by 2016. Their goals are to educate students about the harmful effects of
gender stereotypes and strengthen the emotional health and well-being of
at-risk girls and boys.
Training Women Veterans to Run for Public
Office: The George Washington University’s Center for Second Service will
design a Veterans Campaign training workshop for female veterans. The
program will train them to continue their commitment to public service by
running for office, seeking political appointments, and getting involved in
campaigns and advocacy programs. They will work with veterans’
organizations and organizations focused on encouraging more women to serve in
government to recruit and train a diverse group of female veterans.
Empowering Women and Advancing Food Security: Walmart and
USAID are working together througha Global Memorandum of
Understandingin Bangladesh to reach 40,000 women farmers. The
International Fertilizer Development Center will teach these farmers to use a
simple, productivity-enhancing and environmentally friendly technology called
fertilizer deep placement to boost vegetable and fruit yields, thereby
increasing incomes and dietary diversity.
Expanding Networks: WEConnect
International commits to host business events that convene and assist women
entrepreneurs and relevant stakeholders to connect and expand market
opportunities and awareness. WEConnect will also partner with private sector
leaders to provide training, skills and capacity building on how to access
larger markets, including the supply chains of multinational corporations, in
the following Equal Futures Partnership countries: Australia, Peru, and the
Mentorship: The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women commits to providing
business support through online mentoring and networking to advance women's
economic participation in select Equal Futures partner countries. The
foundation will match women in developing and emerging countries with mentors
around the world. Using an online platform developed in partnership with
Google, mentors and mentees spend 12 months working one-on-one to achieve
business goals. Participants build business skills and digital literacy,
and become part of a global community of entrepreneurs.
Building Digital Literacy:
Intel has committed to implement digital literacy training programs that
advance women’s economic participation in select Equal Futures partner
countries. This will provide women with skills on how to use technologies
meaningfully in their lives and the basics of entrepreneurship.
Participants will learn the basics of computer use as well as how ICT skills
can be applied to a small business.
Private sector partners with ongoing commitments include: Ashoka,
Causecast, Chegg, China Women’s University, Creative Commons, Discovery
Communications, Discovery Education, Dove, Earthquake Engineering Research
Institute, The Global Earthquake Model Foundation, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women,
Harvey Mudd, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, HTC Corporation, Hyatt
Hotels, Intel Corporation, Mary Kay, Open CourseWare Consortium, Piazza,
Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics, Teachers without Borders,
Techbridge, the University of Chicago, and WeConnect International.
JOINING THE PARTNERSHIP
welcome additional countries who would be interested in joining the Equal
Futures Partnership. Government representatives and other interested
stakeholders may email EqualFutures@state.gov for more information.
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