VEGA’s members are leaders in implementing cross-cutting gender programs that stretch across regions and sectors. Our work has included helping with job placement, and leadership training programs for women, support for women farmers and entrepreneurs, including access to business skills training, mentors, loans, grants, and formation of women’s professional associations, promoting gender equity, scaling up to provide more opportunities for women worldwide to pursue higher education, participate in cutting-edge training, mentorships and professional development and exchange programs. Other work has concerned increasing women’s access to trade and providing financial services to women.
In the agriculture sector, VEGA members have helped increase farmer incomes and household agricultural productivity, especially of women, by introducing new technology, new sources of renewable energy, and sources of credit.
We also bring experience in the promotion of human rights, and women’s access to justice, including the prevention of domestic violence and human trafficking.
In higher education support, VEGA members have worked to bring emerging women leaders in technology sectors from the Middle East and North Africa together with their American counterparts for a professional mentorship and exchange program at leading companies in the United States. Also, past work has been designed to improve educational and health outcomes for young women and to assist universities in addressing barriers to women’s participation in and completion of higher education. Elsewhere, we’ve helped to provide young women in secondary school from underserved communities with a pathway to university, providing girls entering the 11th grade with scholarship support combined with innovative leadership and life skills training to help them complete their secondary education and equip them with the tools needed to continue on to university.
Funded by multiple foundations, work has included developing a network of African Centers of Excellence for women’s advocacy and leadership training in key development areas of economic empowerment, family planning and girls’ education.