Women's Empowerment Principles(WEPs)

Women's Empowerment Principles are a set of Principles for business offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. They are the result of collaboration between the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact.

Team [PDF:44KB]open a new window for Promoting Women's Empowerment in the Context of International Cooperation was established under the Liaison Conference for the Promotion of Gender Equality in Japan in 2012. It organizes the Roundtable for Japan Women's Empowerment by Coordinating with International Cooperation, which aims to promote women's economic empowerment, gender equality and business development. The Roundtable serves to launch the WEPs in Japan.

To further promote the empowerment of women in the team, we are engaged in activities that are based on the following missions.

  • (1)Taking actions to facilitate the understanding of WEPs to companies and affiliated organizations
  • (2)Lobbying WEPs to companies and industry groups and expanding CEO's commitment
  • (3)Support for monitoring PDCA for effectiveness of WEPs

Team Members


Mr. Masaharu NAKAGAWA, the Minister of State for Gender Equality, had an opening address at the roundtable meeting on August 6, 2012. He concluded that it was necessary to take actions to promote women's economic empowerment based on an international framework, including WEPs.

The Minister's photo report

Summary of the Minister's Remarks at the press conference on August 7, 2012