On June 23, in the presence of Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou, Vice-President Beatriz Argimón, Presidency Secretary Alvaro Delgado, and the Ambassadors of Spain, Italy and Portugal, the prize-giving ceremony of the "Talent has no Gender" awards and the closing ceremony of programme "Win-Win: gender equality is good business" took place. The double event was also dual in nature: face-to-face for the media and top authorities (at the Presidency of the Republic Auditorium in the annex building of the Executive Tower, under strict sanitary protocol) and virtual for the general public.
The “Talent has no Gender” awards are an initiative of the "Win-Win" programme, IADB Group and PwC. They seek to encourage and recognize the commitment of local companies to promote gender equality using the Women Empowerment Principles (WEPs) as a frame of reference: strategy and policies, selection, development, promotion , compensation, non-violent work environment, flexibility and well-being, organizational culture and community. In this 2021 edition, 59 companies established in Uruguay took part, thus showing great interest, commitment, work and progress in the subject matter by the business community in the country.
The winners of this year's edition of the awards were: Abstracta and Centro Ceibal, in the National Company category, and Globant and Tata Consulting Services in the Multinational Company category. The awards were presented by IADB Representative to Uruguay Matías Bendersky, National Women's Institute Director Mónica Bottero, PwC Uruguay main partner Omar Cabral, and UN Women Representative to Uruguay Magdalena Furtado, respectively.
After the award ceremony, EU Ambassador to Uruguay Karl-Otto König and the UN Resident Coordinator Mireia Villar presented a summary of the main results achieved by the "Win-Win: gender equality is good business" programme in its more than three years of implementation in Uruguay, giving closure to the programme itself. "Win-Win" is the result of a regional alliance between the European Union, UN Women and the International Labour Organization.
The general objective of the "Win-Win" programme is to contribute to the achievement of gender equality through women's business leadership, participation in the workforce, entrepreneurial entrepreneurship, economic empowerment and, therefore, their full and equal participation in the economy and society.
"Win-Win" promotes the economic empowerment of women by recognizing their role as beneficiaries and partners of growth and development, promoting commitment and strengthening the capacities of private and public actors to generate organizational change towards gender equality and strengthening the capacities and support networks of women entrepreneurs. It is carried out in six countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Uruguay. It has a financial contribution from the EU of 9 million Euros.
During the closing ceremony, Ambassador König highlighted that the "Win-Win" programme has marked a milestone in the country and that the EU was proud to show what has been achieved in Uruguay. More than 140 companies adopted the Women Empowerment Principles and are becoming actors of change. More than 3,500 women entrepreneurs are strengthening their businesses, weaving support networks, training to improve and break down barriers. More knowledge was also generated regarding local gender gaps, which will help focus where to direct efforts to make equality a reality.
As the event came to an end, the UN Women Representative to Uruguay and the UN Resident Coordinator presented on behalf of the "Win-Win" programme a plaque with the logos of all the companies that participated in the programme to President Lacalle Pou and another to Ambassador König.