The Women’s Eco-Nomic and Social Think Tank (WESTT) is a leading Women’s Think Tank with global dimensions focussing on the economic, environmental and social development of women. At a political level it is also lobbies to raise awareness on key issues but never for commercial gain.scroll
The Women’s Eco-Nomic and Social Think Tank (WESTT) is a leading Women’s Think Tank with global dimensions focussing on the economic, environmental and social development of women. At a political level it is also lobbies to raise awareness on key issues but never for commercial gain.
Through its international connections and experts at all levels of government, corporate and development agencies, WESTT is able to assemble panels of all divisions of social partners, employers, employee representatives, NGOs, institutions and academia to analyse challenges and create opportunities.
WESTT knows challenges cannot be addressed in isolation, the key to overcoming the barriers are grass roots, relevant knowledge and multi-stakeholder participation; and to that end, WESTT is a multidimensional Think Tank consisting of both men and women, young and old.
Women’s issues are not gender concerns only to be addressed by women. They have social and economic values and can only be solved with men included in the discussions also.
‘WESTT seeks to be free thinking, apolitical (even where undertaking government contracts) innovative and practical. Retaining local knowledge, combined with international best practice expertise and models, real issues are debated and the outcomes, concrete proposals and recommendations presented as deliverable, relevant and able to be implemented’.
Whilst there are a number of organisations around the world supporting Women and initiatives for their empowerment and betterment, no one organisation from our research, as yet, is truly providing a holistic solution which encompasses the Social and Eco-nomic outputs which are measured and driven from within each programme, project and initiative for sustainability.
At WESTT, we lead in the invention, development and delivery of research and turn it into practical solutions, which can be tried and tested, amended and ultimately developed into policy changes for the benefit of society underpinned by the triple bottom line: People, Planet and Profit. Additionally, through our development framework we have also included Purpose and Partnership. Hence the five P’s of Sustainability for WESTT are:
WESTT’s core activities cover the following Framework
A common theme throughout our work is that Individuals and Organisations (groups of People or Business) hold the same weight in importance in terms of shareholder and stakeholder value. The inclusive working environment leads to a self-fulfilling network for growth and prosperity where terms such as profitability, sustainability, investment and productivity, are not limited to only corporate terminology.scroll
WESTT is a global organisation working countries at all levels of development and growth. To bridge the gap between the Developed and the Developing Countries, WESTT must ensure cross fertilisation of expertise and methodologies that work to deliver sustainability. A common purpose, working in partnership, promoting urban and rural sustainability around the World will bring equity, abundance, peace and security.
WESTT has a responsibility that whilst covering issues of Women it also shares concern for matters affecting children. An integrated approach to education, health, welfare, justice and community will ensure long term change and social sustainability.
WESTT has been working on research, policy issues and capacity building within the field of Child Rights, the protection of children from travelling sex offenders, the protection of children from abuse and the protection of children on the internet.
All children have the right to be protected from harm, violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation. Addressing human rights abuses which affect children, trafficking in human beings, unaccompanied children, children with disabilities and child friendly justice are also issues taken up by WESTT.
In accordance with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, Article 24, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child ( UNCRC) and the work of the Council of Europe in the field of Child Protection, WESTT will continue to raise awareness globally on the Rights of the Child.
As with many child focussed organisations, WESTT seeks to:
WESTT will work collaboratively and coordinate with experts and specialists within the area of child rights in the hope that more children can be protected from harm and have happier lives.scroll
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