Ms. Rosa Malango remarks: Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme for Private Enterprises

Oct 19, 2016

The Assistant Administrator and Director UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa,

The Chairperson, Private Sector Foundation of Uganda,

The Executive Director, Private Sector Foundation of Uganda

Government of Uganda Officials present,

Chief Executive Officers and Company executives present,

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen

 

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to this momentous occasion, when Ugandan businesses are championing the cause of gender-equal workplaces and marketplaces in Africa.

Uganda is the first country in Africa to have its private sector take on the Gender Equality Seal Certification program, as a business-friendly pathway for achieving Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Gender Equality Seal (GES) Certification Programme for Private Enterprises was designed by UNDP, as a catalytic innovation that attracts investment in systems that integrate gender equality into work environments and business strategies.

It complements the Gender and Equity Certificate that is used by government currently to assess the gender responsiveness of sector plans and budgets as provided for by the Public Finance Management Act (PFM 2014).

Originally pioneered in; Costa Rica, Uruguay, Brazil and Chile, the Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme for public and private enterprises is now expanding globally. Over 400 companies across eleven countries of Latin America, have signed up.

I applaud the thirteen companies that are pioneering this initiative in Uganda. They include Nile Breweries Uganda; Aloesha Organic Natural Health Products Ltd; Delight Uganda Ltd; Eye to Eye Consult Ltd; Victorious Education Services; Hostalite; Simba Telecom; Alam Group of Companies; Graphic Systems; NBS TV; DFCU Bank Ltd; Finance Trust Bank; and Standard Chartered Bank.

By signing to implement the Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme, your company is setting a business strategy that will increase productivity and profitability by eliminating gender-pay gaps; ensuring work-life balance for employees; and enhancing the superiority of your brands through gender-appropriate product designs and customer services.

The 2016 UNDP Africa Human Development Report: Accelerating Gender Equality and Women’s empowerment in Africa, notes that women are not paid equally for the same work as men and are mostly likely to be working in vulnerable employment particularly in the informal sector - a pervasive gender gap in economic activities– averaging a loss of about $95 billion annually since 2010 in sub-Saharan Africa.

Therefore closing gender gaps in our corporate environment is a matter of inclusive growth and sustainable development.

This is why the efforts of the Private Sector Foundation are commendable, because it's through transformative partnerships across all types of businesses that sustainable development will become real for Ugandans.

I thank you for being here and for committing to the GES Programme, we hope you will continue to be the best in Africa.

I thank you!

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