Women's Economic Empowerment
Working Group Newsletter
October - December 2019
New Learning Brief: Tools for Measuring Women's Agency
Traditional economic development programs aim to achieve economic advancement as measured by increased per capita income. However, there is growing interest to better understand, measure and capture agency across interventions to more deliberately pursue women’s economic empowerment. The task isn't without its challenges. Led by WEE WG Steering Committee members from Oxfam, PRISMA, and Women for Women International, this new brief shares Practical Tools and Frameworks for Measuring Agency in Women’s Economic Empowerment.
Annual WEE Working Group Meeting at #SEEP2019
The meeting brought together over 85 WEE practitioners from across the globe for half a day of networking, collaborating, and learning. We recapped accomplishments from 2019 and set priorities for 2020. Members presented new tools in WEE, while Robin Runge, Acting Director and Senior Gender Specialist at Solidarity Center led a discussion on sexual harassment in the workplace.
Learning Event: Measuring Women's Economic Empowerment

The WEE WG partnered with the Coalition for Women’s Economic Empowerment and Equality (CWEEE) to hold a half-day event on November 12, joined by over 100 WEE practitioners, both in-person and virtually. WEE WG members from MEDA, CARE, and Women for Women International, presented promising approaches in measuring progress in WEE, and also launched the new learning brief on measuring women’s agency. The event also featured a variety of reports, tools, and learning products on WEE, measurement, and metrics, included below.
New Blog | What's Missing: The Pivotal Role of Social Protection for Women Entrepreneurs
by Sarah Gammage, ICRW

As development practitioners, we tackle challenges and opportunities facing women entrepreneurs globally. Yet there is frequently little discussion about the quality of employment in women’s enterprises and the critical role that the public sector can play in ensuring that women entrepreneurs, owners and workers in women’s businesses, thrive and have access to the same benefits afforded to formal sector workers.
Share Your Resources
Have tools, resources and/or case studies focusing on inclusion? Submit them to the Women’s Economic Empowerment Resource Library!
Missed Our Webinar?
You can listen to the recording and download presentations for our recent webinar, Blockchain 101: What Is It and How Can It Empower Women?.
We hope you enjoyed this edition of the WEE WG newsletter. If you have any ideas or questions, write to us at WEEWG@seepnetwork.org

Your Facilitators,
Lis Meyers & Julia Hakspiel