Women’s Economic Empowerment in South Asia


Welcome to WEESA Community of Practice!

WEESA is a virtual knowledge-sharing platform that aims to facilitate regional exchange, dialogue, and capacity building on WEE and strengthen linkages between evidence and action. Members are researchers, decisionmakers, policymakers, and development practitioners interested in how to expand and accelerate WEE and gender equality in South Asia. WEESA offers a repository of curated WEE-related resources, organizes regular webinars and events, and provides small grants for local organizations and researchers.

WEESA is hosted by the World Bank’s South Asia Region Gender Innovation Lab (SAR GIL), a programmatic Advisory Services and Analytics activity that promotes evidence-based solutions for addressing gender gaps in South Asia.

Our Vision

WEESA envisions a South Asia where women have equal economic opportunities, access to resources and assets, and decision-making power. To advance this vision, WEESA offers a repository of curated WEE-related content and resources on our website.We also organize regular webinars and learning events to facilitate knowledge exchange and capacity building. Additionally, we provide small grants for local organizations and researchers who are working towards advancing women’s economic empowerment in the region.

Our Mission

Hosted by the World Bank’s South Asia Regional Gender Innovation Lab (SAR GIL), WEESA's mission is to promote and facilitate regional exchange, dialogue, and capacity building on women’s economic empowerment (WEE).

WEESA aims to strengthen linkages between evidence and action by creating opportunities for knowledge-sharing and networking. Our community of practice (CoP), includes researchers, decision-makers, policymakers, and development practitioners working outside and within the World Bank. The objective is to promote evidence-based research and solutions for accelerating WEE and gender equality in South Asia.



September 2023

Between 1991 and 2021, the percentage of South Asian women engaged in agriculture declined from 76% to 59%, according to the World Bank’s data portal. Despite this trend, agriculture is the biggest source of employment (...

Digital Inclusion

August 2023

With the world abuzz about advances in machine learning artificial intelligence, developments in the digital world have never been so important. It is estimated that 90% of future jobs will require ICT skills, making ...

Labor Force Participation

July 2023

The dearth of childcare services in South Asia is mirrored by the dearth of rigorous research to understand its implications. As our Spotlight on the policy brief from the South Asia Gender Innovation Lab shows, there ...

Gender-based Violence

June 2023

Gender-based violence is frequently called a shadow pandemic, one that has ruined a staggering number of lives for centuries. In India, for example, 28% of ever-married women aged 15-49 report having faced physical ...

Policies and Legislation

May 2023

From 1970 to 2022, women all over the world fought to pass 2,000 laws to further gender equality and won, as data from the latest Women, Business, and the Law (WBL) report reveal. Still, only 14 countries have achieved ...

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