(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Representatives of companies that joined Women's Empowerment
Principles (WEPs), met in Tbilisi. The representatives discussed
issues related to gender equality in the companies they work for.
The discussion was conducted in 'Men Talking to Men' format, so
only males participated at the event.
Renat Humbatov, AccessBank's Micro and SME Executive Director
who represented the bank at the meeting shares his reflection from
the event: 'As AccessBank, we pay special attention to the
development of the microfinancing in Azerbaijan. Number of women
entrepreneurs increases in the recent years, which also increase
interest of new female employees to join our almost all-male micro
and agro-customers serving team at the bank. Although we currently
have only a few female employees, they are more active and advanced
in their work. I hope that our women will become more active both
in entrepreneurship and in microfinancing and will help to increase
the effectiveness and implementation of Women's Empowerment
The UN Global Compact and Women's Empowerment Principles,
developed by the UN Women's Agency, inform companies about
international labor and human rights' standards as well as
encourage businesses to promote gender equality and women
empowerment. Currently, 13 companies have joined the Women's
Empowerment Principles within the framework of the 'Enhancing the
Women's Economic Empowerment in the South Caucasus, Phase 2' - the
project, implemented by UNDP in Azerbaijan. AccessBank is the first
local bank that supports these principles.
As a microfinance leader in Azerbaijan, AccessBank has been
serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2002. Among Bank's
shareholders, there are international organizations and
institutions such as the Asian Development Bank, the European
Investment Bank and the International Finance Corporation. Bank has
29 branches, 15 in Baku and 14 in the regions. You can call Contact
Center of the Bank, 151 or enter into , or social media accounts of Bank ( ,
to get information on the services of the bank.
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