The Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit (WEEGS) provided a platform for organisations, individuals and governments to pledge to take action to promote women’s economic empowerment. These commitments included is programmes, actions, research, policies and regulations or activities that aim to increase women’s enhanced participation in global value chains and economic empowerment.
The actions will contribute to the elimination of inequality in the workplace, and the promotion of women entrepreneurship.
More than 20 organisations and entities pledged their commitment during WEEGS 2017. A technical team follows up on the progress of their commitments, and the pledgers will report their achievements during the next edition of the Summit in 2019.
Each pledge has to fulfil three conditions
The Pledge to Action must directly support women’s full and equal participation in, and benefit from the economy. Commitments should be a new idea or approach to creating new opportunities for women or tackle a major challenge preventing women from reaching their full potential. Actions can include partnerships, or involve in-kind support or technical expertise to existing programmes or initiatives.
The action must have specific quantitative or qualitative goals that can be monitored by the pledge-maker to evaluate progress over time. As each commitment is implemented, periodic meetings and progress reports should be presented to NAMA to show the extent of its impact. The impact and results or progress will be presented during the WEEGS 2019 edition.
The pledge must outline a specific action, have clear and feasible objectives, and be able to show clear impact and results within a timeline of 24 months. The commitment could exceed 24 months; however, some intermediate milestones and outcomes should be reported within 24 months. The pledge should also include an articulation of the desired outcome of the effort.