From the inception of International Women’s Day in 1911 to its official recognition by the United Nations in 1975, each year has allowed us to celebrate the roles courageous women are playing around the world. What has set this International Women’s day apart is the scope and scale of women’s leadership that the world is witnessing. The challenge now is not to allow the world to unsee the exemplary courage and leadership. Instead we must envision a world in which women are full participants in all spheres of our communities and economies, and take bold action. “What if” such a world could be our world? What environmental and social challenges would we overcome?
It is within this context, and after more than a year of global fragility on a scale previously unseen, that WoWE’s mission to create resilient and sustainable investment systems by engaging women fully in capital markets is more important than ever. WoWE remains uniquely positioned to catalyze a path towards a world in which capital markets evolve to equally include women.
Although women have been disproportionately affected by the global crises, at no time in history have we seen more women step up within their communities and beyond in exemplary leadership roles. Women are the superheroes – they are at the forefront of communities, businesses and governments responding to COVID-19, racial inequities, and the climate crisis, from the frontlines to the highest level of decision making. Women “Changemakers” are driving the change we all want to see. I recently explored, in a blog, how we can fully unlock the potential of women as Changemakers.
At WoWE, we are determined to accelerate our work to build the pathways and pools of capital to fuel changemaking by women and girls. We are grateful to those who have invested in WoWE to-date through donations into our Endowment Corpus. Your contributions are building a virtuous cycle of capital that generates strong risk adjusted returns and deep impact. The Endowment achieved a 25% return on assets (from inception Apr. 2020 to Feb. 2021). Future WoWE correspondence will include reporting on the impact of our investments, alongside returns. You can sign up to receive the newsletter here.
The year ahead presents many opportunities to build better and more inclusive capital markets, thereby creating more sustainable communities. Thank you for journeying with us.
With gratitude and best wishes for health,
Founder & CEO
Women of the World Endowment
Your donations to WoWE fuel our work of investing in, for, and through women to build a better world
By donating into our Endowment you are contributing to a world that values the full potential of women and girls. There are multiple ways to support WoWE. Donations can be made here. Donor Advised Fund donations here. Gifts of securities are also welcome. You can also contribute to WoWE with your Amazon purchases. Learn more about Amazon Smiles here.