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WEE News: February 12-18

See what happened this week in women’s economic empowerment news (Weekly Roundup for February 12-18, 2016)

women's economic empowerment in the news

Launched by the Ministry of Women, Family and Children, this programme provides for the creation of 62 projects meant for women from the region by means of investments estimated at about 290 thousand dinars. With an overall value of 130 million dinars, the funding which will help create 22 jobs.

P&G will expand its supplier development and sourcing from women-owned business in supply chains across the world, including the Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Africa

Empowering Female Leaders 2/15/2017 The White House

President Trump promised to make women’s empowerment a priority. Earlier this week, President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau took the first steps toward making that a reality by creating the United States-Canada Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders.

“In order to create economic growth and lots of very good, well-paying jobs, we must ensure that our economy is a place where women can work and thrive.”

President Trump’s eldest daughter is placing herself at the center of policymaking in the White House.

WECREATE aims to break down social barriers that women face through entrepreneurship, as this one woman entrepreneur’s story shows. WECREATE, which stands for Women’s Entrepreneurial Center for Resources, Education, Access, and Training for Economic Empowerment, was founded by the U.S. State Department in a partnership with GriffinWorx, which promotes start-ups.

TiE Global (TiE Inc.) has selected eight US-based women entrepreneurs to travel to India to lead week-long workshops for 125 emerging women entrepreneurs. A first-of-its-kind program, the All-India Road Show on Women’s Economic Empowerment through Entrepreneurship (AIRSWEEE), seeks to educate and inspire women in small cities in India about entrepreneurship as a viable and rewarding career path.

The second round of the Joint Iran-Japan Symposium ‘Women, Education, and Economic Empowerment’ held in Tokyo concluded on Friday. Like its previous round dubbed ‘Women, Peace, and Sustainable Development’ held in May in Tehran, the event sought to highlight their role in today’s world as seen in the increasing number of women participating in social, political, and economic activities in most countries, including Iran and Japan.

A global conference on women in the cocoa sector opened in Accra yesterday with an assurance from the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ms Otiko Afisah Djaba, that the government would reactivate the cocoa spraying exercise for farmers. There are many women involved in the cocoa sector and any policy to enhance productivity in the sector will have direct impact on the welfare of those women.

A new fund has been launched by the Dutch government called “Leading from the South” (LFS). This fund is aimed at supporting women’s organisations in developing countries. The grants will be available for projects that support women’s organisations and networks with a focus on the political, social and economic empowerment of women.


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