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Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Changes the Outcomes for Future Generations

At the MEDays Forum panel “Bolstering Growth Through Gender Equality,” nine women were featured from different parts of the world and from different industrial sectors. The session was moderated by Aghadeer Jweihan, the director of the office of Jordan’s Princess Taghrid Mohammad and an entrepreneur.  The Forum took place in Tangier (Morocco), considered the ‘Davos of Africa.’

Ingrid Bouterse-Waldring, the first lady of Suriname and the panel’s chair, stressed that encouraging female entrepreneurs has benefits that are not merely financial: Empowered women change the outcomes for future generations. For single mothers, self-employment allows them the greater flexibility needed in their schedules to care for children.

Several points that came out of the Forum:

1.  Women need to be bolder.
2.  Women should be running big [global] companies.
3.  Women need to think bigger.
4.  Women need to support other women (similar to what WEGG offers).

Read more about how the MEDays Forum looks to spur economic growth by empowering women.

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How Jordanian Women Are Making Progress Toward Gender Equality

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Jordan is considered one of the more progressive countries in the Middle East for women’s rights, and has established a legacy focused on the positive future of gender equality.  Want to learn more about Jordan and meet with top female leaders and everyday Jordanian women to learn how the country is going about making progress toward gender equality?  Your wish is about to come true.

A 10-day journey is coming up on August 29, 2016.  Take a look at the following information now to determine if you want to participate in the program (prices start at U.S. $6,795 per person).  Here’s a glimpse of the itinerary:

  1. Welcome to Jordan
  2. Jordan’s Capital City
  3. Female Cooperatives in Jordan
  4. Female Inheritance and Ownership
  5. Aqaba and the Red Sea
  6. A Night in the Valley of the Moon
  7. The Ancient City of Petra
  8. Nabatean Pottery and Amman
  9. Women in the Arts
  10. Homeward Bound

Learn more:  The Women of Jordan

Note:  Our next WEGG webinar is held on 3/2 and is about how to protect your intellectual property.  It’s no charge.  Get more details and register here.

Gender Equality Policies For Exporting Companies in Brazil

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Three Brazilian government organizations have signed an agreement to support gender equality policies for exporting companies. The partnership involves the Brazilian Ministry of Development Industry and Foreign Trade, the Special Secretariat for Women’s Policies and the Brazilian Export and Investment Promotion Agency.

The goal of the agreement is to expand and promote female entrepreneurship among exporting companies.

Read more here.

Photo courtesy:  gaby_bra

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Give Women Equal Opportunity in India

It’s that pure and simple.  Let’s get it done.

“India’s growth rate can make a quantum jump of 4.2 per cent if women in the country get equal opportunity in the core sectors of the economy,” Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of UN Women — the newly created body tasked with ensuring welfare of women — said here.

According to a report, Progress of the World’s Women, it says:

Quoting a survey this year by industry chamber ASSOCHAM: 70 per cent of women in India are not aware of their rights as laid out in the Constitution.

It said close to 63 per cent of women in India, between the ages of 15 and 49, lack autonomy in their house which “defined as having no say in any of the vital everyday decisions like own health care, large household purchases, purchases for daily needs and visits to family or relatives.”

Read more here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Supporting Women Is Smart Global Economics

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Here’s a thoughtful piece written by Jennifer Yip (search by her name) who is a consultant for the World Bank Group’s Doing Business team.  Opening passage:

At an age when mothers admonish their children to finish their brussels sprouts, my mother issued warnings about the importance of getting a PhD if I wanted to gain the respect of my future husband. Those warnings were followed by the oft-repeated reminder that I should “marry well, so you don’t have to work if you don’t want to.”

Twenty years and a couple of degrees later I’ve often wondered how those two pieces of advice go together. What is the point of getting an advanced degree if I eventually decide not to work?

The smart economics of educated women.

Additional resources:

IMF Survey:  Equality of Sexes is Smart Economics

Smart girls, smart economics | Global Leaders Can Be Made

Gender Equality as Smart Economics

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


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