Women are empowered through education.


When THEY are educated, communities benefit, both immediately and through their children.

Our name, Margaret McNamara Education Grants (MMEG), reflects our mission and values. 

MMEG is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit volunteer-led organization.

Photographs provided by MMEG Grantees


"Thread of Life" Event

The Thread of Life recognizes that women are the warp of social fabric in every country, the yarns that provide the structure, strength and form of society. Meet two grantee alumnae who inspire us with their work, and enjoy a fashion show organized by one of our most creative volunteers in the world of design!


March 28, 2017 - 12:30 pm - 2 pm

Wolfensohn Atrium - the World Bank in Washington, DC

fashion show | Talks | live music 


All "the Thread of Life" event speeches available here

The speech of Henriette Kolb, Head of the IFC Gender Secretariat, the World Bank Group, is available here


Esther Kisaakye, Uganda, US/Canada Program - 2005

Esther is currently Justice of the Supreme Court of Uganda. She wrote the landmark judgment in 2013, recognizing the right for women to jointly own property acquired during marriage, on the basis of non-monetary contributions of housework and caring for children. She studied law at Georgetown University (LLM) and American University (SJD) in Washington, DC. 

Esther's speech is available here






Laura Balbuena, Peru, US/Canada Program - 2004.

Laura is the Director of the Gender Institute of Peru. She focuses on the links among gender, politics and violence. She works to advance the education of adolescent girls at-risk through a community-level organization, leads research on gender violence at Catholic University of Peru, in Lima, and is a board member of the International Peace Research Association Foundation. Laura obtained her doctorate in political science from the New School for Social Research in New York City.

Laura's speech is available here


The speech of Monica Vidili, MMEG President is available here


Past events...

In 2016 MMEG celebrated its 35th Anniversary with MMEG's first Grantee Marion Subah and Ingrid Meintjes.

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