WFN, in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is now supporting the creation of up to 10 regional Women’s Economic Mobility Hubs by women’s foundations in diverse regions.
Hubs will reflect their unique geographic and demographic landscape, and will magnify existing partnerships and strategies of the women’s foundations. Targeted community engagement will help identify community assets and key influencers to collectively move strategic efforts and investments that build lasting livelihoods for women and advance their economic opportunities mobility and security. Hubs will focus on the critical range of social, economic, health, and environmental conditions necessary within their regional ecosystems for women to thrive.
Questions driving the initiative
- What efforts are effective in poverty alleviation across regions and within specific regions for women and girls?
- What opportunities, by region, exist to accelerate poverty alleviation for women and girls?
- What will be needed to sustain poverty alleviation among women’s and girls’ efforts to achieve the outcome?
- How does the learning community support the work of regional hub leaders?
- What other inputs or conditions are needed for success in advancing women’s economic mobility at regional and state levels?
- How can philanthropic partners and donors further support women’s foundations to increase their impact and take their work to scale?
Women’s foundations have a long history of working to address women’s economic
security and mobility within their own communities across the country. Building on their proven success as connectors and strategic investors in women’s economic security, ten locally-based women’s foundations from diverse regions across the U.S. will be selected to establish these Hubs. Each will foster community engagement, deepen cross-sectoral partnerships, and connect community influencers in order to forge a deeper understanding of the critical social, economic, health, and environmental conditions necessary for women and their families to move from poverty to prosperity. Hubs will launch in October 2020.