Grasping the current status, challenges and risks to women’s economic leadership in a given context is a precondition to identifying effective interventions, with or without external support from an organisation such as Oxfam.

Developed with the objective to improve women’s collectives understanding of structural barriers to women’s economic empowerment as well as to grow their ambition for entrepreneurship and economic leadership, the WEL play-way workshop kit aims to address those challenges in a playful manner .

Created by the Thoughtshop Foundation and tested with Oxfam practitioners and women’s groups in Sri Lanka and in the Philippines, the kit consists of a two distinct games using the same board.

Applicable to any context, the successfully running of the game to generate thinking and identify opportunities to overcome challenges to WEE relies on strong facilitation to guide discussions. The games is designed for periodical use by the same group for incremental learning.  

Game 1: Visioning

The visioning game is articulated around discussions on 12 characteristics of women’s economic leadership such as mobility, equal relationships or equal share of care work between women and men. Through those group discussions, participants are invited to reflect on the challenges and opportunities within their context, to jointly develop a vision for their future and to identify ways to overcome some of those barriers.

Game 2: Women and markets

The second game focuses on acquiring a deeper understanding of market dynamics, the longer term benefits of investing in protecting business against adverse events and inequality in market systems. In turn, participants play the role of different market actors within a value chain with uneven levels of bargaining power and capacity to protect their business from risks. Facilitated discussions at the end of the game help women relate the game to their context, understand their entitlements from their earnings and identify investment opportunities to improve their businesses in the medium to long term.

For more information on the game or if you would like to get a copy, contact Pimpisa Sriprasert, Gender and Equity Knowledge Team, Oxfam Asia, or Jo Villanueva, Regional Change Lead on WEE, Oxfam Asia.

For copies and inquiries, please include me. Jo Villanueva, Regional Change Lead on WEE (

Number of participants: 12-20

Duration: 90 minutes per game

Target: Women who have worked together

Photo: Oxfam in Nepal programme staff testing out the toolkit.

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