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(The Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Group)

2017 WEE Forum Meeting


Meeting Recap
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Thank you to all those who joined us at the Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Group (WEE WG) meeting on Day 3 of the 2017 Women's Economic Empowerment Global Learning Forum!  We were joined by several veteran members and a spectacular turnout of new faces – a total of over 100 people in attendance, 60 of them new members. As our fourth in-person working group meeting, and the first of two to be held in 2017, the gathering was a huge success of member collaboration, learning, networking, and planning for the year and beyond.

We have detailed notes from meeting, but here is a quick synopsis. A discussion on next steps and how you can continue to stay involved in the working group follows below.

WEEWG 2017 WEE Forum Recap

Introduction & History of the WEE WG:  As a welcome to the community for new members, introductions featured an overview of the WG core goals (CONNECT. SHARE. THRIVE.) and an interactive synopsis of past accomplishments, including the recent WEE Twitter Chat, Under the Lamppost Blog Series, and 3 LEO Technical Briefs.

Discussion of the 2017 WEE Forum: Following 2 days of a packed Forum Agenda, participants shared their impressions of the entire conference experience. Members simultaneously offered congratulations and identified remaining knowledge gaps, highlighting key issues to be further analyzed and addressed in WG activities. The final debate results from the Day 2 plenary were also announced, revealing that the lively debate had indeed caused several parties to reconsider their opinions on whether or not market programming should address unpaid care work.

Networking Scavenger Hunt: Participants were challenged to find fellow members who worked in similar sectors/technical focuses and regions. The room was abuzz! This icebreaker provided the perfect opportunity for the growing WG community to break, connect, and reengage.

Next Steps & 2017-2018 Work Planning:  In breakout group sessions, members discussed each of the WG core goals (CONNECT. SHARE. THRIVE.) and shared strategies on maximizing the WG community in each capacity. We discussed how to promote greater member engagement, hosting bi-annual, in-person WG events, strengthening the WG at the regional level, focusing on gender-sensitive M&E, and much more!

WEEWG members also had the opportunity to sign up for leadership and supporting roles for activities prioritized during the planning session, including webinars, communications, media and blogs, peer to peer exchange, and the development of new tools/resources.

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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