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Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) Working Group Annual Meeting

Monday, October 21 | 1:30 - 6:00 pm

The Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Working Group will hold its annual meeting on at the 2019 SEEP Annual Conference. Our annual meeting brings together over 100 WEE practitioners from across the globe for a half-day of networking, collaborating, and learning.


1:30 – 1:45 PM | Introductions & Working Group Overview

  • Welcome
  • Summary of 2019 accomplishments

1:45 – 2:20 PM | Tools Tutorial: Sessions I

  • Facilitated group sharing and discussion on new and innovative tools on women’s economic empowerment

2:220 – 2:55 PM | Tools Tutorial: Sessions II

2:55– 3:25 PM | Networking Activity & Coffee Break

3:25 – 4:10 PM | Technical Workshop with Guest Speaker

  • Robin R. Runge, JD, Acting Director and Senior Gender Specialist, Equality and Inclusion Department, Solidarity Center

4:10 – 4:20 PM | Priority Ranking for 2020 Working Group Themes

4:20 – 4:55 PM | Break out Groups on Technical Topics

4:55– 5:00 PM | Wrap Up & Next Steps

Guest Speaker

Robin_Runge.pngRobin R. Runge, JD, Acting Director and Senior Gender Specialist, Equality and Inclusion Department, Solidarity Center

Robin R. Runge, J.D., is the Acting Director and Senior Gender Specialist in the Equality and Inclusion Department at the Solidarity Center where she provides strategic programmatic and technical leadership, and technical assistance to Solidarity Center staff, partners, and allies internationally, and is overseeing the implementation the Solidarity Center’s global campaign to end gender-based violence in the world of work. She is concurrently a professorial lecturer in law at The George Washington University Law School where she has taught Public Interest Lawyering and Domestic Violence Law since 2000.

Robin has over 20 years of experience developing and implementing programs, policies, and laws to end gender inequality in employment by addressing sexual harassment and gender-based violence. Her career has involved the successful advancement and enforcement of legal and policy solutions to end gender- and sex-based violence and harassment as barriers to economic security for women. She has provided legal representation to victims of domestic and sexual violence, including sexual harassment and rape, in the workplace; conducted legal research about women and gender; and has extensive experiencing designing and facilitating interactive workshops domestically and internationally for judges, lawyers, advocates and workers intended to change attitudes, behaviors and practices regarding gender inequality and gender-based violence.

Prior to joining the staff of the Solidarity Center, Robin was the Director of Enforcement Policy and Procedures in the Wage and Hour Division and a Senior Policy Advisor in the Civil Rights Center at the U.S. Department of Labor. From 2009-2013, Robin was an assistant professor at the University of North Dakota School of Law where she taught in the Housing and Employment Law Clinic and Domestic Violence Law. In 2012-2013, she lived in Beijing, China as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar studying the legal system response to violence against women in China. She is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School and Wellesley College.


Please note that this meeting is free and open to all. You do not need to be attending the 2019 SEEP Conference to attend this meeting. Register for the working group meeting here.


We look forward to meeting with you! 


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