What is WEE?

Women's economic empowerment (WEE) refers to women having access to and control over high-value productive resources, such as information, credit, loans or financial assistance, services training, markets and technology, and increased control over the business environment. According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the following are essential to increase women’s economic opportunities: access to more and better jobs, business climate that supports women in starting and doing business, a financial sector that gives women financial services tailored to their needs, and greater livelihood security in times of food and fuel crisis. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) refers to WEE projects as those that focus on income-generating activities for women that would allow them to independently acquire their income.

With women's economic empowerment, women have decent jobs and humane working conditions, while enjoying benefits from wealth-creating opportunities equal with men.