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(The Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Group)

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Welcome to Women's Economic Empowerment Working Group!

Click below to learn about WEEWG and how you can be an active member!

What is the Women's Economic Empowerment Working Group?

The Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Group (WEEWG) is a learning community that brings together practitioners dedicated to improving the ability of market systems and other economic development initiatives to facilitate inclusive, empowering, and sustainable opportunities for women across the globe.

The group was founded in 2014. We have more than 235 members from nearly 40 countries, with members hailing from USAID, other donors,  international and local NGOs, consulting firms, community service organizations, and private sector firms.

The group has three core goals:

  1. CONNECT - to build membership and help members to connect with each other

  2. SHARE - to share WEE tools and resources

  3. THRIVE - to learn and expand knowledge

We achieve these goals by collaboratively undertaking the following activities:

  • Webinars on key topics

  • Peer-to-peer exchange

  • Blogging

  • Peer reviews of upcoming publications

  • Developing practical tools and guidelines

The group is facilitated by Erin Markel and Lisabeth Meyers.

Who are the group facilitators?

Erin Markel

Erin Markel - Erin specializes in market systems and household economic strengthening programs with a focus on the empowerment of women and youth. Erin is a Principal Consultant at MarketShare Associates (MSA). Erin has led a variety of consultancies including work with the USAID LEO initiative, World Bank, Plan, CARE and the Aga Khan Foundation. Prior to joining MSA, Erin was a Program Manager, Market Development and Access to Finance at the Aga Khan Foundation Canada. Past experience includes working for Women’s World Banking, ProMujer, and Aspen Institute. Erin holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.

Lisabeth MeyersLisabeth Meyers- Lis specializes in designing and implementing gender integration systems and processes for economic growth and agriculture programming, with expertise in conducting gender assessments, gender integration trainings, gender analyses and audits, and providing technical assistance on women’s empowerment across a range of sectors.   She is the Gender Specialist at Banyan Global, where she is the Technical Manager for the USAID/Advancing the Agenda of Gender Equality (Advantage) IDIQ and leads gender integration for a number of economic growth projects.  Prior to joining Banyan Global, Lis served as a gender consultant for ACDI/VOCA, UNWomen, Concern Worldwide, Goal, International Rescue Committee, and GIZ. She has experience throughout Africa, including over two years living and working in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Uganda, as well as Cambodia. Lis has a Master’s Degree with Distinction from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s Degree from Brown University.

You can contat Erin at erin@marketshareassociates.com and Lisabeth at lmeyers@banyanglobal.com.

How do I engage with WEEWG?

There are a number of ways you can immediately and actively start participating in WEEWG. After you have completed the sign-up process, you will start getting emails from us, including our quarterly newsletter and invitations to participate in upcoming webinars and conference calls. Participating in these events is a great way to start to get to know your fellow members and learn about current activities and learning priorities.

As a member of the WEEWG you will also be invited to attend the Member Day meeting as a part of the SEEP Network Annual Conference held each fall. At the meeting you will get a chance to interact with other SLWG members as well as Erin and Lisabeth in person. You will also help decide the next year’s priority topics and sign-up to be a champion or contributor for certain activity.

Volunteering to play a specific role is a great way to get involved with the group’s main activities. A “champion” is a member who agrees to take the lead on an activity. For example, a member champion could take a leadership role during quarterly conference calls. A “contributor” is a member who actively participates in WEEWG activities and supports member champions as needed. For example, a member contributor regularly attends webinars and participates in peer review processes.

If you feel you have resources, expertise, or learning you would like to share with your fellow members, and are willing to serve as a champion or contributor, please let contact with Erin or Lisabeth.

You can also engage WEEWG members and the broader SEEP Network through:

  • Resource Library - Members can contribute their documents to this database and make them easily accessible to women’s economic empowerment practitioners and the wider NGO community, thus increasing the visibility of current practices, strategies and methodologies.

  • SEEP Blog - Member posts on a range of topics related to the work of SEEP Network members

  • The SEEP Networker - Monthly newsletter from SEEP highlighting recent activities, new publications and resources, and upcoming events

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