Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 26, 2014
WEConnect International and representatives of public and private organizations that support female empowerment will join Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla on February 27 in a ceremony in San José to sign an executive decree to support the economic development of women.
Belisa de las Casas, Director of Latin America for WEConnect International, and Antonina Sequeira, WEConnect International Market Lead for Costa Rica, will sign on behalf of their organization.
“WEConnect International is extremely proud to be a part of this historic event that reflects the deep commitment of the government of Costa Rica to the progress of women business owners,” de las Casas explains.
This ceremony also marks the start of the second stage of “Where are the Productive Women in Costa Rica?”, a program that aims to raise the visibility of women who are active contributors to the country’s economy and to support their efforts. The first part of the initiative focused on building a network of 32 public and private organizations that promote women’s development. The second stage, to be launched at this ceremony, will involve 40 development projects managed by women that will be monitored and supported by the network. In addition to the Executive Decree, the members of the network will also sign a Letter of Understanding that formalizes their cooperation.
The Chief Executive will be accompanied by top government officials, including Mayi Antillón, Minister of Economy, Industry and Commerce. Representatives of other institutions actively involved in the initiative will also be in attendance, including the leaders of the Instituto Nacional de la Mujer (National Institute of Women) and members of the network.
This initiative receives support from the Director of the Gender Affairs Division of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), with funding from the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). WEConnect International’s work in Costa Rica is generously supported by the Inter American Development Bank.