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UNDP Maldives and Mövenpick Kuredhivaru Maldives Celebrate #IWD2020

Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives celebrated International Women’s Day by organising a Master Class last 7th March 2020. Ms. Akiko Fujii Resident Representative of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Maldives was the key speaker for the event. The symposium was based on the 2020 International Women’s Day theme - I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights.
The event started with the welcome note by the Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives’ General Manager Mr. Maciej Gruszecki. The session presented Ms. Akiko Fujii (UNDP) success story with her over 25 years in the UNDP. She mentioned that despite progress in the education and health sectors for women during the past years, there are emerging gender inequalities that the society must be wary.
In a tête-à-tête session with the resort’s Harassment Redressal Chairperson and Director of Revenue & Reservations Ms. Doris Kariuki, Ms. Akiko shared some facts and views on how social beliefs can obstruct gender and women’s empowerment. She also shared 
some suggestions on how private sectors can contribute towards Sustainable Development Goal #5 and explained Innovative Business Model for Social Impacts.
In a Q&A round, Ms. Akiko emphasised on providing opportunities to link education to job markets through internships, apprenticeships and job placements as there is a demand for engineers, aquaculture, biodiversity preservation, marine biology and environmental management in the tourism sectors.
The event was attended by the resort management, resort employees and in-house guests.
“Breakthrough innovation has long been an engine of growth for society and economy, changing the lives of mass numbers of people through time and will be key for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, as technology advances and innovations transform the way we do business, women are increasingly left behind. This session featuring UNDP Resident Representative explored how business can promote women's participation in the innovation life cycle and how organizations can ensure they are incorporating gender dimensions into their operations, innovations, diversity & inclusion practices”, concludes Mr. Vaibhav Garg – Director Talent & Culture – Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives.
Over the last week, the resort’s Talent & Culture team ran a digital campaign featuring women from the team to celebrate the International Women’s Day
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