Seven Kuwait WEP’s signatories go orange to put a spotlight on ending violence against women

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020

WEPs signatories in Kuwait lit their buildings in orange to say no to violence against women. Photos: Courtesy of Al Hamra Real Estate, Burgan Bank, EQUATE Petrochemical, Gulf Bank of Kuwait, Kuwait Stock Exchange, National Bank of Kuwait and Zain Group.

Seven WEPs signatories from Kuwait including Al Hamra Real Estate, Burgan Bank, EQUATE Petrochemical, Gulf Bank of Kuwait, Kuwait Stock Exchange, National Bank of Kuwait and Zain Group lit their buildings in orange to say no to violence against women and girls, as part of the global UNITE campaign organized around the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence.

In addition to the WEPs signatories, other public buildings, including government offices, landmarks and shopping malls, including the iconic Kuwait Towers, were also lit in orange for the campaign.

The companies are signatories to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), a set of principles offering guidance to business on how to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community, established by UN Women and the UN Global Compact.

The roll-out of the WEPs initiative in Kuwait was kick-started in the context of the SDG 5 programme of the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development, in partnership with the Kuwait University Women’s Research and Studies Centre, UN Women and UNDP, and included training and information sessions on the WEPs.

Kuwait’s Orange the World campaign for the 16 Days was supported by HE Mariam Al-Aqeel, Minister of State for Economic Affairs and Minister of Social Affairs, the Kuwait University Women’s Research and Studies Center, civil society organizations, and the UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States.