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Date:  7/7/2016 
Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Americas (WEAmericas)

Investing in women-owned and managed small and medium enterprises (SMEs) achieves simultaneous economic, financial, and social impact. Since its 2012 launch, WEAmericas has leveraged public-private partnerships to promote inclusive economic growth in the Americas by reducing barriers that women entrepreneurs face in starting and growing SMEs. These include: access to markets, capital, skills and capacity building, and leadership opportunities. In support of the goals of WEAmericas, the Department partnered with Ernst and Young, U.S. embassies and local partners to carry out a series of four TechCamps for women entrepreneurs in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, and El Salvador.

The WEAmericas TechCamps introduced women entrepreneurs to low cost, easy-to-use technological tools and concepts, they could use to solve the challenges they faced in growing their businesses. The WEAmericas TechCamp series was the first of the Department’s over 50 TechCamps to focus specifically on women entrepreneurs.

Nearly 400 women entrepreneurs participated in the series, opening new doors for themselves and their businesses. Ernst and Young provided follow-on advisory support for more than 20 of the most promising series participants. The United States is also working with our partners bilaterally and has signed memoranda of understanding with Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay that include pillars on women’s economic empowerment
and WEAmericas and the Small Business Network of the Americas, a complementary Summit
initiative that focuses on linking regional small business development centers.

Paragraphs: - Paragraphs VII Summit: 3

Date:  6/15/2010 
Inter-American Year of the Woman:

• In March, 2010, Secretary of State Clinton and Brazilian Foreign Minister Amorim signed a Memorandum of Understanding
for the Advancement of Women. The MOU will promote increased cooperation in areas including eliminating violence
against women, combating trafficking of women and children, promoting the participation of women in decision-making
processes, and promoting equality in the workplace, economic opportunity, and improved livelihoods for women.
• In October 2009, the United States hosted a conference entitled ACCESS for seventy women entrepreneurs from countries
participating in the Pathays to Prosperity in the Americas partnership. The conference not only provided a forum for providing
information and materials relating to access to markets, finance and technology, it also laid the foundation for a sustainable
mentoring network for business women throughout the region.

Source: REPORT OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT ON IMPLEMENTATION OF MANDATES FROM THE FIFTH SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS (United States 2010)
Paragraphs: 11 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

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