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Women Economic Empowerment
Our Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) power hour series luncheon is offered throughout the year on a quarterly basis. The series intended to help improve empowerment and elevate women's economic advancement in the Greater Toledo area. This quarterly luncheon educational series offered various methodology tools such as forum dialogue, panel discussion, speaking engagement, or roundtable activity that emphasizing opportunities and ways to increase women’s economic opportunities, strengthen their economic leadership, and advance the rights of women in our community.
2019: March | June | August | October
2020: February | March | June | August | October
2021: March | June | August | October
Investing in women’s economic empowerment sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth. We believe our WEE educational efforts will increase women’s access to economic resources and opportunities including jobs, financial services, property, skills development and market information. Women make enormous contributions to economies, either as entrepreneurs/employees, or as unpaid caregivers in the home. As a result, it will create opportunities that are substantial as research suggests that when a woman’s economic status improves, so does her family, household, and, potentially, her community.
Our educational program will ensure our participants are included among a new generation of political, business, corporations, community and civil society leaders. With the support from our No Women Left Behind initiatives, each one is equal and each one belongs. Hence, we are reaching out to women most in need, often by engaging with women in transition, immigrants and low-skilled women to attend, participate and to be part of all of our WEE efforts.
In addition, support from our Women’s Connection mentors and peer-network will ensure those that participate in this program will have the skills, experience, knowledge, and networks to succeed and create an opportunity to generate value in their lives, families and communities.
WEE I 2020: Women, Money & Census
“Societies that empower women to participate fully in civic and economic life are more prosperous and peaceful.” -The Unites States 2017 National Security Strategy. Since the Census Bureau derives gender-specific data from several surveys and the decennial census and produces many reports that contain data on women. How are these data impacted women and money in community, marketplace and workplace?
WEE III 2019: The Future of Work
This session will analyze changes which are fundamentally altering the job market, including the type of jobs that will exist in the future and the skills that would be required for those jobs in the Greater Toledo area. Some 50% of the jobs in the current market will no longer exist in a few years due primarily to these rapid advances in innovation and technology. With nearly one billion women entering the global economy in the next decade, they risk of losing out on tomorrow’s best job opportunities due to gender-based discrimination, stereotypes and social and cultural norms. Similarly, diverse and generational challenges in the informal workforce could be even wider, while also creating and strengthening challenges of decent work opportunities, in the formal workforce.
WEE II 2019: Immigrant Heritage
WEE I 2019: #BalanceForBetter
WEE III 2018: Launch Local #HeForShe Campaign
WEE II 2018: #BreaktheGlass
WEE I 2018: #PressForProgress
WEE III 2017: Women Owned: 419Ed
WEE II 2017: Empowerment’s Principle
WEE I 2017: #ECWChampions
WEE IV 2019: He for She
Men play a critical role in supporting and enabling women’s economic empowerment. Recent research highlights the significant gender gap in leadership and pay that persists across the business sector. HeForShe engages male CEOs and other leaders as champions for gender equality within their own organizations, encouraging them to question the status quo and commit to concrete action. On an individual level, HeForShe engages men to examine how their own personal and professional lives can better recognize, reduce, and redistribute care and responsibilities between the market and the state, between the household and the workplace, and between women and men.