Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives celebrated International Women’s Day with a MasterClass led by Ms. Akiko Fujji, UNDP Maldives’s resident representative.  

In Ms Fujji’s presentation based on this year’s theme ‘I am gender equality’, she noted the progress achieved in health and education over the past 25 years. She also observed that the 2019 gender inequality index, which measures women’s empowerment in health, education and economic status shows a decline in the rate of progress. Inequalities are now based more on empowerment and social norms than basic needs. 

In a Q&A session, Ms Fujji emphasised providing opportunities that link education to job markets through apprenticeships, internships and job placements. 

At the close of the event, Vaibhav Garg, the resort’s director talent and culture observed that breakthrough innovation has long been an engine of growth for society and the economy. They have changed the lives of countless people and will be key for achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs). However, as technology advances and innovations transform the way we do business, women are increasingly left behind. He noted that this session, featuring UNDP Maldives’s resident representative, explored how business can promote women’s participation in the innovation lifecycle and how organizations can ensure they are incorporating gender dimensions into their operations, innovations, diversity and inclusion practices. 

The MasterClass is one of the strategic initiatives of the talent and culture team at the resort that aims at driving a culture of learning and sharing while providing professional, executive and strategic leaders a platform to share their special skills, knowledge, new trends and best practices related to their area of core competence and expertise. 

Attendees access training material, tutorials and other relevant materials from expert speakers who are invited to conduct a MasterClass every month. Each class includes video lessons, practical demonstrations, exercises, study material/handouts, and interview sessions with the instructor. Employees, typically experienced in one discipline, may attend these classes to learn the basics of a new, related discipline.