History of WED

Launched in 2014, WED works globally to empower women and girls to become active participants in the economy by igniting a network of women leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to initiate startups, drive economic expansion, and advance communities around the world. In order to achieve this ambitious goal, WED builds and catalyzes the vital networks of like-minded individuals and organizations that women business leaders need to realize their full potential and change the world.

Through our movement we have grown to be celebrated in 144 countries and 110 universities. We convene Business Leaders, Government Officials and Civil society to collaborate and find solutions in critical areas of entrepreneurship eco-systems, education and policy creation to empower women in business.

Our WED achievements from the past year include funding 500 Syrian refugee girls to attend high school in Jordan. In Oman, a WED ambassador announced an initiative to empower women and girls to use their vote against arranged marriage. We’ve partnered with a local university offering scholarships to the girls present at the WED event in Uruguay.

Since the first WED in 2014, we have grown our organization to become a powerful network for women in business, and have reached over 5 Billion people. We promote best practice, link women entrepreneurs with partners and consumers, and support over ambassadors globally to drive change.

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International events

Additional events were held internationally, including one at the University of Luxembourg, which held a conference that featured speeches from women entrepreneurs as well as discussions between local entrepreneurs. The keynote address was provided by Deputy Chief Executive of the European Investment Fund Marjut Santoni. Other events were also held, for example, in Lagos, Nigeria. WED founded and launched the Women Wednesday social media event held on the Wednesday after Thanksgiving in 2014, to support women in business and related causes.

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