The Women Mean Business project, which provides resources to chambers of commerce across the Indian Ocean rim region on issues relating to women’s economic empowerment. To access these resources, see the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)’s project website.
The WGWEE is the main body tasked with improving Women's Economic Empowerment in IORA and was established in August 2018.
The Working Group on Women's Economic Empowerment (WGWEE) exists to explore possibilities and avenues for IORA Member States to cooperate to promote Women's Economic Empowerment within the region. The establishment of the WGWEE is a key deliverable of the IORA Action Plan 2017-21.
The WGWEE maintains a Work Plan of initiatives by Member States to facilitate Women's Economic Empowerment in the Indian Ocean region. The Work Plan is premised on the Jakarta Concord and IORA Action Plan 2017-21. It includes activities to mainstream gender considerations in all priority areas of IORA, improve women’s participation in IORA events, improve the financial inclusion of women, support and promote the training of women entrepreneurs, conduct research-based initiatives for enhancing women’s economic empowerment, and promote the Women Empowerment Principles (WEPs).
The WGWEE is currently chaired by the Republic of Mauritius.
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