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ExxonMobil Women’s Economic Opportunity Initiative

Research shows that when women have control over their incomes, they invest in the health, education and well-being of their families. They also tend to reach out to propel other women forward, creating a powerful multiplier effect that benefits all of society.

Since 2005, ExxonMobil and the ExxonMobil Foundation have helped women in developing countries fulfill their economic potential and drive economic and social change in their communities. To date, we have invested more than $100 million to help community-based and global partners implement programs directly benefiting tens of thousands of women in over 90 countries.

We also look for opportunities to leverage our talented global work force, utilize our core competencies in business management and technology, raise awareness about the importance of improving women’s economic potential and move this global agenda to the next level.

We are focused on three program areas:

  • Developing women entrepreneurs and business leaders through skills development training, mentoring programs and businesswomen’s networks. 
  • Investing in research that gathers the best available evidence on effective program interventions to help guide smart investments. 
  • Identifying and deploying high-impact technologies that accelerate women’s economic advancement.

The Global Women in Management Program is a part of the Women’s Economic Opportunity Initiative (WEOI) which was launched by ExxonMobil Foundation in 2005 to empower women all around the world. GWIM is a one month workshop that brings together women from diverse cultures and countries to share, examine and adapt best practices worldwide to expand women’s economic opportunities and meet the needs of their communities and their countries.

To date, GWIM has provided intensive training to 45 Indonesian women leaders. Through GWIM, the alumni will then apply the knowledge they gained to improve their skills in organization and entrepreneurship.

Working with both local and international partners, we are moving closer to a world where women are full participants in both the social and economic spheres of society. And that’s a world where everyone benefits.

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