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(The Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Group)

2017 Annual WEE Meeting


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Thank you to all those who joined us at the 2017 SEEP Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Group meeting on October 2! We had a fantastic turnout of existing and new members – with over 75 people in attendance. 

Women's Economic Empowerment Working Group 2017 Annual Meeting Recap

Introduction, History of the WEE WG, & Networking:  Celebrating the 3nd anniversary of the WEEWG, introductions featured a synopsis of WG core goals (CONNECT. SHARE. THRIVE.) and over view of past accomplishments. We also engaged in a networking scavenger hunt, where members had to find other members by different role, sector, and geographical focus. The networking session proved to be a great way to connect with fellow members.

Review of 2017 Activities and WEE Forum Discussion: Members engaged in a discussion highlighting the achievements accomplished by the WEEWG in 2017. Completed activities include: 3 webinars that aligned with the 2017 WEE Forum themes, the Shifting Social Norms at Scale Practitioner Learning Group (PLG), a day-long WEE Twitter Chat, and several blog posts. We also shared highlights of the 2017 Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Learning Forum (WEE Forum). Over 350 participants from 61 countries and 161 organizations attended SEEP’s inaugural WEE Forum, with the WEE Forum examining three key themes: 1) The Rural Poor: Women’s Empowerment on and off the Farm, 2)   Employment Opportunities through Enterprise Development and Job Creation; and, 3)   Women’s Financial Inclusion: Leveraging Finance to Advance Women’s Empowerment. Finally, we announced the wonderful news that SEEP plans to convene a second WEE Forum in 2019!

What is Working:  In breakout group sessions, members shared success stories on women’s economic empowerment. Topics included learning in action through M&E platforms, shifting social norms in the economy at scale, creating resource partnerships with global south women’s networks, women, energy and entrepreneurship, using results measurement systems to monitor WEE impacts, and overcoming challenges to women’s employment in non-traditional trades. Thanks to all our success story contributors, specifically: The International Center for Research on Women, Oxfam UK, Market Development Facility, ACDI/VOCA, FHI360, and World University Service of Canada.

Technical Workshop: Shamarukh Mohiuddin, Director of the Economic Empowerment Program at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation presented on Engaging with the Private Sector on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Ms. Mohiuddin discussed a number of WEE-focused initiatives led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center, including private sector workshops focused on understanding and sharing best practices on WEE and regional conversations with Chambers of Commerce in 117 countries focused on ecosystem support for WEE. Ms. Mohiuddin gave examples of what different international businesses, including Coca-Cola, Cargill, and Barclays, are doing to promote WEE. She also highlighted key gender data gaps and data needs discussed at the 2017 United Nations General Assembly. Finally, she concluded with an interactive discussion on how the private sector can play an increased role in promoting WEE.     

2018 Work Planning:  WEEWG members had the opportunity to sign up for leadership and supporting roles for activities prioritized during the planning session, including webinars, communications, media, and blogs, networking opportunities, and the development of new tools/resources. See the below section on plans for 2018 on how to get involved and give input on 2018 WG activities.

If you were not present at the WEEWG meeting at the 2017 WEE Global Learning Forum and would like to serve as a Member Champion or Contributor to any of the above activities, we encourage you to get involved and join these meetings or contact Facilitator, Lis Meyers!

Your Facilitators,

Erin Markel & Lis Meyers 

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