The Indonesia Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (IBCWE) is a coalition of companies who are committed to promote women’s economic empowerment and gender equality. Our mission is to support business to optimize its role in enhancing women’s economic empowerment and gender equality.
IBCWE’s members believe that business, along with government and civil society, has a key role to play in reducing inequalities, tackling poverty and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. For this reason, they came together in December 2016 to establish IBCWE, bringing together high profile Indonesian companies to promote women’s economic empowerment and gender equality.
Our members believe that advancing gender equality in the workplace and supporting women’s economic empowerment should be a central part of business strategy. The evidence is clear: companies with greater gender equality enjoy higher levels of growth and performance. Empowering and investing in women is good for business, and good for the economy. Hence our members are committed to:
- Closing the gender pay gap
- Progressing women into leadership and management positions
- Improving female workplace participation
- Investing in female-friendly working conditions
- Ensuring that leaders and managers drive gender equality.
With the initial support from the Australian Government, we provide platform and tools for companies to share inspirations and gender good practices; and facilitate our members to excel and position themselves as gender champions among corporations. Our members will work towards EDGE Certification – the global standard for gender equality – to showcase their leadership and commitment.
Working with women and men, we strive to create an enabling environment where it is the norm for women to take a more active part in the economy and to assume leadership positions. We also work with government to support relevant policy reforms that could strengthen gender equality.
December 14, 2017 marked one year of IBCWE. IBCWE held a simple celebration event at Palalada restaurant, Grand Indonesia, Jakarta, last night (19/12). In addition to the founding companies’ leaders, the celebration was also attended by representatives of a number of leading companies in Indonesia.
The event was opened by IBCWE Executive Director Dini Widiastuti who briefly reviewed the IBCWEs’ journey. “The evidence shows why businesses should care about gender equality and women empowerment is quite a lot,” said Dini, who also delivered a glimpse of IBCWE travel.
An Endless Effort in Achieving Equality
IBCWE in cooperation with the Independent Journalist Alliance Journalism School (SJAJI) held a short course of “Gender Equality in the World of Work”. This training is devoted to journalists who have an important role in socializing gender equality issues in the workplace. “Increasing public awareness of the importance of gender equality issues is one of the focuses of IBCWE. And one of them is through traditional and digital media that cannot be separated from the daily life of the community, “said Executive Director Dini Widiastuti about the purpose of IBCWE held the training. The short training for journalists was conducted from mid-September to the end of November and attended by 17 participants from various types of media such as print, television, radio and online.
Gender Equality is Everyone’s Agenda
The declaration of the HeForShe campaign by ASEAN marks the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is ready to join a world campaign where men support women. ASEAN in cooperation with UN Women, a world organization for women, officially released this campaign on Thursday (30/11) at the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta.
ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh stated that this campaign keeps everyone engaged in achieving gender equality through encouraging men to be agents of change and acting against inequalities that are detrimental to women.
After the opening, the event continued with a discussion featuring a number of panelists who delivered the topic around ASEAN HeForShe. The panelists are Vice Officers Official Committee for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Richard K T Tan, President Director of Maybank Indonesia Taswin Zakaria, Canadian Ambassador to ASEAN Marie-Louise Hannan and The Executive Director of IBCWE Dini Widiastuti. Dini recalled the challenge of more than just a glass ceiling for women on a career in the world of work. “It’s not just a glass ceiling but like a labyrinth. Women need to take many ways to get to the highest level in a company, “said Dini.
To know more about IBCWE: http://ibcwe.id/eng/home