Dubai Port (DP) World Kigali, an international company that operates Kigali Logistics Platform - a large inland dry port and logistics facility in Kigali has joined the gender equality Seal certification programme. The programme aims to institutionalize gender Accountability in the Private Sector in Rwanda and helps private sector companies to create equitable conditions for men and women in the work place.
While introducing the programme to DP World Kigali last week, the Chief Gender Monitor Rose Rwabuhihi said that Gender Equality is a constitutional requirement since it is part of constitutional fundamental principles. “GMO thus works with all stakeholders including the private sector to ensure that the principle is respected” she added.
The Chief Executive Officer of DP World Kigali Cpt. SUMEET Bhardwaj welcomed the initiative, and said that gender equality is already among top three company priorities in Rwanda. “The company promotes and respects equal rights and equal opportunities for men and women at work”, the CEO added.
After the meeting, Gender Monitoring Office and partners also made a tour at Kigali Logistics Platform operated by DP World Kigali and appreciated mechanisms in place for promotion of conducive work environment for men and women.
Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme is among key approaches of the ongoing programme for promoting gender accountability in the private sector that is being implemented by Gender Monitoring Office and the Private Sector Federation with the support of United Nations Development Programme and UN Women Rwanda.
While at the meeting, Mr. Kirenga Clement, the National Coordinator for Inclusive Governance at UNDP said that UNDP is pleased to work with partners to promote gender equality especially in the private sector that employees more than 90% of the Rwanda's workforce.
Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme is built on six key pillars namely eliminating gender-based pay gaps, increasing women’s roles in decision-making, enhancing work-life balance, enhancing women’s/ men’s access to non-traditional jobs, eradicating sexual harassment at work and promote the use of inclusive and non-sexist communication. Currently, 29 organizations are on board, including 23 private sector companies and 6 public institutions.