Women's Economic Empowerment
Working Group Newsletter
January - March 2019
Join the Next Quarterly Call on February 20

At the upcoming quarterly call on Wednesday, February 20 at 9 am EST, we will hear from the newly created Steering Committee, discuss priorities for 2019, and provide an update on this year’s activities for International Women’s Day.
Coming Up! International Women's Day Twitter Chat
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 12! We are excited to host our next Twitter Chat to celebrate International Women’s Day with the theme, Innovation & Technology. Each hour will be dedicated to discussion around tools, projects and resources within a focused topic falling under the theme.

Interested in hosting? If your organization is interested in hosting an hour-long slot, please contact Caroline Rubin before February 21.

Over 170 Twitter users contributed to our 2018 WEE WG Chat!

We are excited to hear from all of you this year. Contribute with hashtag #WEECHAT2019.
Call for Resources | Unintended Negative Consequences in WEE

In 2019 the WEE WG will be exploring tools, resources, and good practices to reduce and prevent unintended negative consequences in women’s economic empowerment work, starting with a scan of available resources.

Does your organization have a tool, resource, research, or case study on this topic?
If so, please submit to WEEWG@seepnetwork.org by March 8.
WEE WG Announces New Steering Committee
It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce and welcome our incoming Steering Committee:
Lis Meyers & Caroline Rubin
Nathan Associates

Julia Lipowiecka
MarketShare Associates

Anna Mecagni
Women for Women International

Maryam Piracha
Market Development Facility

Sarah Gammage & Allie Glinski
International Center for Research on Women
Adam Bramm & Jennifer Denomy

Mara Bolis

Sylvia Kaawe & Fati Abdou

Wade Channell
Members of the committee were selected based on past engagement with the group and to ensure diverse perspectives regarding area of focus, location and type of organization. The Committee will provide strategic guidance to SEEP and the WG Facilitators through technical expertise and thought leadership.

As part of our first meeting we voted on a series of 2019 technical priorities that the WG will showcase through webinars, blogs and more:

Gender-smart Investing | Zombie Statistics | Women’s Agency | Addressing Unintended Consequences in WEE | T echnology/STEAM | Sexual Harassment & Violence

We look forward to engaging with our WG members on these topics and thank the committee for volunteering their time to make the WEE WG an even more vibrant and engaging community in 2019.
Webinar Spotlight

Building Market Systems to Empower Women in
Fragile and Conflict-Affected States

February 14 | 8:30 - 9:30 am (EST)
The SEEP Network is thrilled to host the fourth event of the two-year learning series: " In Practice: Women's Economic Empowerment in Market Systems ," in collaboration with the Arab Women’s Enterprise Fund (AWEF).

This webinar will explore how development practitioners can work with market actors in fragile, conflict-affected and post-conflict states to promote women’s economic empowerment and inclusion, drawing on specific examples from AWEF’s work in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the GROW project in Liberia.
Fintech for Women: Scaling the Financial Inclusion Pyramid in Egypt
Over 23 million Egyptian women remain excluded from the formal financial system.
This blog explains how AWEF-led strategies are overcoming constraints and accelerating women’s digital financial inclusion.
Women, Business, and the Economy
Missed our webinar on how global companies can support empowerment? No problem! View the recording and download speaker presentations at your convenience.
Your Facilitators,
Lis Meyers & Julia Lipowiecka