About Us

The Women’s Eco-Nomic and Social Think Tank (WESTT) is a leading women’s think tank focusing on the economic, environmental and social development of women. At the political level, it also lobbies to encourage the EU institutions to incorporate stronger human rights initiatives into their policies.

WESTT seeks to be a free-thinking, apolitical, innovative and practical think tank. We strive to build strong relationships with policy-makers in order to advocate for the human rights initiatives that have a global impact on women. By utilizing the most up-to-date research, we design and implement female empowerment projects with measurable outcomes, giving on-going support throughout execution.

At WESTT, we see the potential value of true gender equality. However, we also see the current barriers that stand in the way of achieving this equality. Thus, we aim to dismantle the aspects of the political institutions in Europe (and across the world) which maintain the systematic disenfranchisement of women and girls. We do this by lobbying the EU institutions to prioritize human rights in their policy-making.

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 grassroots, relevant knowledge and multi-stakeholder participation.

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.

Gandhi: “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
Madi Sharma, WESTT’s founder: “You must be the change you want to see – No Excuses!”