Women's Empowerment Mainstreaming and Networking for Gender Justice in Economic Development
WEMAN Vision
Gender Action Learning
Livelihoods, markets and value chain
Financial services





A world where women and men are able to realise their full potential as economic, social and political actors, free from all gender discrimination, for empowerment of themselves, their families, their communities and global humankind.

Women in LEAP Sudan vote for computer training so they can know more about the outside world and teach their children

KEY Resources

WEMAN summary

GALS manual
stage 1,
Tree of diamond dreams


GALS manual
stage 2,
Steering life's rocky road


Economic Justice: Oxfam Novib


report 2009

Other links

WEMANNetwork Yahoo Group

Oxfam Novib



What is WEMAN?

WEMAN is a community-led global process aiming at innovation, learning and advocacy for Gender Justice in economic interventions and institutions.

WEMAN partners facilitate gender action learning with women and men in poor communities. Women and men identify and implement their own individual and collective strategies for increasing women’s economic rights as stated in CEDAW.

Gender justice aims and strategies identified at community-level are integrated into institutional decision-making and practice and gender advocacy at the macro-level.

WEMAN is a long term process spearheaded by Oxfam Novib as part of its economic justice and gender justice programmes, networking and building capacity of livelihoods and gender practitioners.


Goal 1: Empowerment and improvements in livelihoods which are significant and sustainable for women, and their families and communities, particularly from low income and vulnerable groups.

Objectives by December 2010:
- At least 35,000 low income women and men in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe have developed individual life action plans.
- At least 20,000 of these plans have been at least partially implemented, increasing incomes and empowerment.
- These plans have increased women’s leadership and voice in decision-making.

Goal 2: Gender justice mainstreamed in economic development interventions and institutions including: financial services, livelihood/market/value chain development and economic policy and decision-making.

Objectives by December 2010:
- At least 60 participating organisations have developed and implemented sustainable action plans for incorporation and further promotion of WEMAN Good Practices.
- At least a further 600 key organisations and individuals have endorsed and are actively promoting these Good Practices.
- This contributes to an equitable enabling environment for women’s empowerment and livelihood improvement.