The Forum

WEP’s annual Forum gathers international thought leaders working towards gender equality. Past topics have included NGO collaboration, gender lens investing, technology and change, celebrating first generation college women and recently, the pandemic’s disproportionate effects on women and girls, and the importance of supporting leadership and decision making power of women at the grassroots level to truly resolve social and economic problems.

“WEP Beyond Borders was an informative day of listening, learning and play at it’s best with the top female leaders in philanthropy. This forum had a global perspective and opened my eyes to the endless possibilities of collaboration when women come together.”

Jaclynn • Unleashed

“Beyond Borders facilitated essential collaboration and tangible progress to work toward the common goal of women’s empowerment. I enjoyed getting to hear the panelist, and mingle with such amazing, influential, and unstoppable female forces. Truly humbling.”

2017 Forum Guest

“Inspiring, empowering, full of passion!”

2017 Forum Guest

“Coming together with such a diverse group of women, all working towards gender equality, with the goal of collaboration was empowering, inspiring and productive.”

Kendra • DIL

“A [forum] where people were actually interested in supporting each other!”

2017 Forum Guest

“It was such a privilege to attend Beyond Borders. [The filled room with] so many accomplished, inspiring women truly inspired me to work towards empowering girls and women!”

2017 Forum Guest

The Red Bangle Award

The Red Bangle is presented annually to an exceptional woman or women “who by her life andaccomplishments demonstrates the eloquence of the human spirit and inspires others to higher goals.”

Past Red Bangle Awardees

2021: Anita Bhatia, UN Women, and Marissa Wesely, Women Win (formerly, Win-Win Strategies)

2020: Vandana Goyal, Avanti Fellows, and Ramya VenkataRaman, Centa

2019: Anjlee Prakash, founder of Learning Links Foundation

2018: Esther Subhashini, WEP-Hyderabad Director

2017: Saba Ismail, Aware Girls

2016: Shabana Basij-Rasikh, School of Leadership Afghanistan (SOLA)

2015: Kayce Jennings, Girl Rising

2014: Elizabeth Howard, WEP President

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