Indosat Ooredoo Won UN Women 2020 Asia-Pacific WEPs Awards

Indosat Ooredoo Won UN Women 2020 Asia-Pacific WEPs Awards

President Director & CEO of Indosat Ooredoo, Ahmad Al-Neama, Jakarta – Indosat Ooredoo once again won another prestigious international recognition, as the First Winner of the UN Women 2020 Asia-Pacific Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Awards for COVID-19 Action category in Indonesia.

This award specifically recognizes companies or leaders who have made significant contributions in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in the context of COVID-19. Those contributions may include adopting gender-sensitive responses to COVID-19 to support female and male employees, supporting women owned small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), supporting women and girls in the community, and raising awareness of women’s needs during the pandemic and encouraging women’s leadership and participation in fighting COVID-19.

President Director & CEO of Indosat Ooredoo, Ahmad Al-Neama, said, “We are honored to receive this award as recognition of our prevention initiatives on COVID-19 pandemic. Indosat Ooredoo has done many programs to help communities to be more empowered during this difficult situation, including supporting the survey on the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on women and girls, as manifestation of our concern to the community and Indonesia as a nation. We also committed to support women's empowerment in Indonesia with digital technology as part of one of our CSR pillars.”

Indosat Ooredoo leverages its collective expertise and advocacy efforts in collaboration with UN Women, a United Nations (UN) agency for gender equality and women's empowerment, using mobile technology as a safe and cost-effective medium to carry out survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on women and girls in Indonesia.

The survey results were disclosed in the recent report entitled ‘Counting the Costs of COVID-19: Assessing the Impact on Gender and the Achievement of the SDGs in Indonesia’ issued by UN Women, in collaboration with UNICEF, WFP, and UNDP, at the end of last October. In addition, Indosat Ooredoo is also committed in supporting Gender Equality as stated in the 5th UN SDGs through one of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) flagship program since 2012, INSPERA (Inspirasi Perempuan Indonesia, or Inspiration of Indonesian Women).

Gender Equality requires global awareness and urgent action. Through INSPERA, Indosat Ooredoo plays an active role in encouraging other private sectors to jointly address the challenges faced by women in the current pandemic situation.

"We do hope that this award and the survey results can be useful and inspire others to make real changes in an effort to enrich people lives and livelihoods of those who most affected," concluded Ahmad Al-Neama. (*)

Reporter : Zainuddin Qodir

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