Policies and strategies of public and private companies and institutions to strengthen women’s economic rights and opportunities are adopted, implemented and monitored.
In 2021, UN Women contributed to changes in institutional performance and behaviour among individuals and groups through partnerships focusing on women’s economic empowerment, which were translated into new policies and strategies by public and private companies and institutions. During the reporting year, the Brazil CO enhanced the capacities of FENATRAD, the National Federation of Domestic Workers in Brazil, through a small grant. As a result, FENATRAD organized the XII National Congress of Domestic Workers, which brought together 109 union leaders from across the country, and developed a Plano de Luta, a robust and collective action plan for 2022 highlighting the need to defend labor rights, expand formalization and improve access to health, especially mental health, for domestic workers in Brazil, and outlining practical strategies for achieving those goals.
Furthermore, UN Women engagement with the private sector in 2021 resulted in 38 Brazilian companies developing their gender action plans with UN Women's direct technical support through the European Union-funded Win-Win programme, which contributed to the promotion of decent work for women, as they provide concrete measures and targets for reaching gender equality in the workplace. Of these, 23 companies were Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) signatories and developed their plan in the scope of their participation in one of the two editions of the Target Gender Equality initiative, implemented by UN Women in partnership with the UN Global Compact. Besides developing action plans, these companies also made a public commitment to have 30% of their high-level positions occupied by women by 2025 as a result of their participation in the initiative. In face of the end of the Win-Win programme, in August 2021, and as part of its sustainability strategy, knowledge products (including guides and capacity building modules) on development and implementations of action plans are available online to guide those companies still in the process of elaborating their plans. The CO also supported the implementation of the 2030 Observatory, an initiative led by the Global Compact Brazil Network to support the private sector with data and evidence to strengthen business commitments and actions towards the SDGs.
Also in the reporting period, the national response to the mixed influx of Venezuelan nationals became more gender-inclusive and responsive, building on the results of the two-and-a-half-year implementation of the Joint Programme Leadership, Empowerment, Access and Protection (LEAP), led by UN Women in Brazil, in partnership with UNHCR and UNFPA. According to the Report on Good Practices and Lessons Learned on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in the Humanitarian Response to the Venezuela/Brazil Migration Flow, UN agencies and implementing partners programmes are gender transformative. UN Women enhanced gender expertise of the Coordination Platform for Refugee and Migrants from Venezuela (R4V) – the inter-institutional and inter-agency coordination mechanism – to analyse, advise and coordinate efforts to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the humanitarian response. It also contributed to strengthening gender mainstreaming in the Brazilian chapter of the 2021 Refugee and Migrant Response Plan for Venezuela (RMRP), by addressing the specific needs of refugee and migrant women and girls in the process of socioeconomic integration. These are partially attributable tothe engagement of 14 Venezuelan women leaders by UN Women in the R4V planning process for the first time. They contributed to the analysis on gender roles and dynamics, to the identification of women’s socioeconomic needs and strategies to address gender gaps, as well as to engage men and boys for longer-term results. The R4V Platform demonstrated better institutional performance partially attributed to UN Women’s advocacy and technical assistance. With the application of the Gender with Age Marker (GAM), an increase from 37 per cent in 2020 to 47 per cent in 2021 in RMRP actions sensitive to both gender and age was observed, as well as an increase from 11 per cent in 2020 to 14 percent in 2021 in targeted actions to reduce discrimination or inequality. Three hundred and twentyCSO and UN professionals reported having used UN Women knowledge products to develop new initiatives for refugee and migrant women in their organizations.