About WEI




Our mission

WEI (the Women’s Economic Imperative)—a global, collaborative initiative to promote women’s economic empowerment— was founded in January 2018 as a response to the Call to Action of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment.

Women’s Economic Empowerment is the #WEIForward!

WEI recognizes the imperative of enabling women to fulfil their potential as economic actors and offers a collaborative “way” forward for advancing women’s economic empowerment in the world today.

WEI focuses on transformative action. Our aim is to drive concrete, sustainable and measurable progress for women in the economic sphere, whether in the workplace or as entrepreneurs.


Our commitment

WEI is committed to empowering women as economic actors globally, by:

  • Leveraging individual and collective investments in women’s economic empowerment to catalyze transformative action
  • Engaging in strategic partnerships and mobilizing resources to implement initiatives that deliver results
  • Advocating for changes in norms, laws, and policies affecting women as economic actors
  • Spotlighting & fostering women’s leadership, entrepreneurship & innovation in the economic sphere

Action for results!

WEI invites individuals, companies and institutions to take action—individually and collectively—to foster women’s economic empowerment and collectively advance women’s economic empowerment to critical mass, for the benefit of everyone.

Everyone has a role to play in advocating for and promoting women’s economic empowerment. We can take action in our respective roles as:

  • Individuals
  • Institutional affiliates or actors
  • Nodes in personal and professional networks

As we develop the WEI platform and our portfolio of high-impact initiatives, we’re seeking corporate and institutional partners, as well as individual WEI contributors, who are committed to economic gender parity, women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship, to provide the following:

  • Funding/investments (innovative partnerships)
  • Expertise
  • Advocacy

If you’re interested in being part of the WEI movement and community and you’d like to receive more information about WEI, we want to hear from you!


About WEI Founder, MARGO THOMAS, PhD


WEI Board of Directors


WEI Executive Team


WEI Team of Experts





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From the blog...

International Conference Focuses on Women’s Economic Empowerment

International Conference Focuses on Women’s Economic Empowerment

January 24, 2020 - By WEI Media Team
Women's Economic Empowerment: Opportunities and Challenges for Equity, Inclusive Growth, and Sustainability were discussed during the first international Conference held in November in Scotland and presented by the Women’s Economic Imperative (WEI) in partnership with Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES). The conference focussed on engaging participants in active dialog and catalysing concrete actions to help advance the global agenda
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