WeProsper: Global Coalition for Women’s Economic Empowerment

About us

WeProsper is a global coalition that engages in strategic advocacy to advance women’s economic empowerment, justice, and rights by simultaneously challenging existing power structures and systems while amplifying the voice and agency of women and girls as economic actors.

We are continually growing our global evidence base — comprising both rigorous research and lived experience — to best inform policy change that advances women’s economic empowerment. We believe that women’s economic empowerment, justice, and rights can only be achieved by addressing the structural barriers that prevent women and girls from achieving economic equality.

WeProsper has over 55 members from across the globe, including regional and global civil society organizations, international non-governmental organizations, grassroots organizations, women-led and feminist groups, academic institutions, and the private sector, who collectively advocate for change. Together, we work with governments and policymakers to address structural barriers and enable women and girls to achieve their full potential, develop skills, gain access to resources, and be fully engaged in decision-making that impacts them and their families.

To learn more about the coalition and our work, download our overview: | English | Swahili – Kiswahili | French – Français | Spanish – Español| Hindi – हिन्दी |

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Fueling an Inclusive Global Economy through Care Infrastructure

Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 3 – 6 p.m. EDT
Hybrid | Watch Recording

WeProsper’s 2022 United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) side event. Bringing together policymakers, researchers, and CSOs for a vibrant discussion on how to mainstream care considerations in traditional infrastructure, how care intersects with climate change, and how this relates to sustainable and inclusive economies.

Speakers: Jamille Bigio, Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); Raquel Lagunas, Global Director of Gender Equality, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Margery Kraus, Founder & Executive Chairman, APCO Worldwide; Carmen Hernandez Ruiz, Senior Policy Associate, J-PAL; Martha Delgado Peralta, Undersecretary of Multilateral Affairs & Human Rights, Foreign Affairs Ministry of México; Catherine Nyambura, Senior Policy Expert-Consultant; Mary Borrowman (moderator), Senior Economist, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).


""Global Care Investments for an Effective and Inclusive COVID-19 Recovery

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. EDT
Online Only | Watch Recording

Join WeProsper at the United Nations High-level Political Forum of Sustainable Development to learn how investments in care can transform the economy and empower women in the formal and informal sectors.

Speakers: Jessica Espinoza, CEO, 2X Collaborative; Megan O’Donnell, Policy Fellow & Assistant Director of Gender Equality, Center for Global Development; Emilienne De Leon, Expert Consultant, INMUJERES; Kelsey Harris, Senior Global Policy Advocate, ICRW; Meredith Wyse, Senior Social Development Specialist, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank; Mando Chiundaponde, Economic Justice and Rights Officer, FEMNET; Ritu Sharma, Vice President, US Programs and Policy Advocacy, CARE.


""Learning Session (1 of 2): Influencing International Financial Institutions

Monday, May 23, 2022 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. EDT
Online Only |

WeProsper is pleased to invite you to a brown bag session to learn more from experts about international financial institutions (IFIs) like the World Bank and the IMF,  and provide you with tools, tips, and strategies to influence them.

Speakers: Mary Borrowman, Economist, ICRW; Megan O’Donnell, Policy Fellow and Assistant Director, Gender,  Center for Global Development; Friederike Strub, Gender Equality and Macroeconomics Lead, Bretton Woods Project


Our Mission

WeProsper works to build and utilize the global evidence base on women’s economic empowerment using a feminist and intersectional approach as the basis for strategic advocacy to shape policy and increase funding to advance gender equality, address structural barriers, and foster women and girls’ voice and power as economic actors at the global, regional, and in select national levels.

Credit: Robyne Hayes, ICRW

Our Vision

WeProsper envisions a gender-equitable world without discrimination, inequality or poverty, in which:

  • Sustainable and inclusive economic systems support decent work and livelihoods and the equitable distribution of wealth.
  • Care work is recognized, rewarded, represented, and equitably distributed within households and between households and the state.
  • Women and girls in all of their diversity have equal power and say in decision making, including freedom from violence and exploitation, choice in the economic activities they participate in, fair compensation, and equal access to what is not only needed to live, but to thrive.
  • Policymakers and international institutions center the needs of women and girls and design, implement, and fund inclusive, evidence-based, feminist, intersectional, and gender-transformative solutions to the challenges they face.

Our Guiding Principles

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Our members

WeProsper has over 55 members from across the globe, including regional and global civil society organizations, international non-governmental organizations, grassroots organizations, women-led and feminist groups, academic institutions, and the private sector, who collectively advocate for change. Scroll down to see which organizations have joined us and are showing up for women’s economic empowerment, justice, and rights.

See our members below, and if you would like your organization to join this growing coalition, click here to fill out our form. We’ll be in touch!


Our steering committee

Fridah Githuku
Executive Director

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Professor Judith Waudo
Hub Leader
Kenyatta University

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Kelsey Harris
Senior Global Policy Advocate

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Paromita Sen
Research Manager
SEWA Bharat

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Ritu Sharma

Vice President of US Programs

and Policy Advocacy

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Wangari Kinoti
Women’s Rights and Feminist

Alternatives Thematic Lead
ActionAid International

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Coalition Launch Event (March 2022)


Read the press release following WeProsper’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66) parallel event, Launching Collective Global Action for Meaningful Change in Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE).

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