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UN Women and European Union award gender-equality prize

Ir Prof Dr Leong Wai Yie, the YSN-ASM member and MINDS Committee Member has been chosen as the 2021 UN Women Malaysia WEPs Awards 1st Runner Up in the Leadership Commitment Category. Congratulations!

The UN Women Asia-Pacific WEPs Awards is the first awards initiative in the region to recognize exemplary business practice for gender equality aligned to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs).

Timed with the 10th anniversary of both the WEPs and UN Women, the 2021 WEPs Awards offer a unique opportunity for business leaders and companies to be recognized and make their efforts to advance gender equality visible amongst their customers, employees and partners, as well as inspire others to take action for wider impact. Applications are from all Asia-Pacific countries, and the 2021 WEPs Awards will recognize initiatives in the following five categories: Leadership Commitment; Gender-inclusive Workplace; Gender-responsive Marketplace; Community Engagement and Partnerships; and Youth Leadership for Generation Equality. In addition to a Winner, 1st and 2nd Runner Up for each category, there will also be three SME Champion awards given to small and medium-sized enterprises.

This award also highlights the growing cases for gender equality and women’s empowerment and raises awareness of the importance of private sector action.

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