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Women Economic Empowerment

 

​Our Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) power hour series luncheon is offered throughout the year on quarterly basis. The series intended to help improve empowerment and elevate women 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 on 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

Outcomes 

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?


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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. Read More




WEE II 2019: Immigrant Heritage


A storytelling campaign that focuses on inspiring local immigrant women to break the glass ceiling or successful at starting a business and raising a family. This term was coined a few decades ago as a metaphor to describe the invisible barriers that prevent women and minorities from climbing the corporate ladder, regardless of their qualifications and skills. However, breaking the glass ceiling extends beyond the corporate world. This campaign is inclusive of all fronts where women face cultural and social barriers that limit their full economic empowerment. Read More




WEE I 2019: #BalanceForBetter


The theme this year #BalanceforBetter. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sport coverage. Collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced world is key. International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women - while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance. Read More




WEE III 2018: Launch Local #HeForShe Campaign


#HeForShe is a solidarity campaign for the advancement of women initiated by UN Women. We know it’s not just a women’s issue, it’s a human rights issue. And now, when these powerful voices are heard, they will change the world. The time for that change is now. We invite you to stand together to create a bold, visible force for gender equality. Read More




WEE II 2018: #BreaktheGlass


#BreakTheGlass is a storytelling campaign that focuses on inspiring women (and men) to break the glass ceiling. This term was coined a few decades ago as a metaphor to describe the invisible barriers that prevent women and minorities from climbing the corporate ladder, regardless of their qualifications and skills. However, breaking the glass ceiling extends beyond the corporate world. This campaign is inclusive of all fronts where women face cultural and social barriers that limit their full economic empowerment. Read More




WEE I 2018: #PressForProgress


In celebration of International Women’s Day, Women of Toledo (WOT) and the Toledo Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be presenting a Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) Power Hour Luncheon. Our Power Hour luncheon will be featuring panel dialogue on #PressforProgress surrounding discussion on how can we strengthen Women Economic Empowerment and gender equality in Greater Toledo? Read More




WEE III 2017: Women Owned: 419Ed


Women of Toledo -HerHub project highlights local women-owned business leaders in a panel discussion around the joys and challenges of being a women entrepreneur in Toledo. Women Owned Businesses positively impacts inclusive economic growth empowering women within our community. Learn more and join the discussion. Read More




WEE II 2017: Empowerment’s Principle


Discussion on Principle 2 and 6: Principle 2 -Treat all woman and men fairly at work- respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination. Principle 6- Promote Equality through community initiatives and advocacy. How it relates to Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) capacity on gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth for Toledo. Read More




WEE I 2017: #ECWChampions


#ECWChampions4Change. The Women’s Empowerment Principles can offer practical guidance to business and the private sector on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace, and community. Developed through a partnership between UN Women and the United Nations Global Compact, the Principles are designed to support companies in reviewing existing policies and practices—or establishing new ones—to realize women’s empowerment. These principles help strengthen WEE. Read More




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. Read More





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Our mission is to educate, engage and empower women and youth to keep moving forward. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, EIN 47-3035322. 

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