April 20, 2009
Empowering Women Everywhere - My
This isn't a comprehensive list; rather, it's a list of my favorite online
places to find in-depth information regarding gender and development.
Also see Women's Access to Public
Internet Access, a resource I'm compiling to support the development
of women-only Internet centers/technology centers/etc., or women-only hours
at such public Internet access points, in developing and transitional
- The Gender
& Development section of the Development Gateway is an
excellent place to find resources from a variety of organizations
(international development agencies, NGOs, universities, governments and
- The United Nations Population
Fund (UNFPA) is an international development agency
that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of
health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using
population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to
ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young
person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with
dignity and respect.
- The United Nations
Development Funds for Women (UNIFEM), is dedicated to
advancing women's rights and achieving gender equality. It provides
financial and technical assistance to innovative programmes and
strategies that foster women's empowerment. UNIFEM works on the premise
that it is the fundamental right of every woman to live a life free from
discrimination and violence, and that gender equality is essential to
achieving development and to building just societies.
- Many of the resources at The
Communications Initiative are focused on women & girls - both
reaching them and involving them regarding aid and development.
- The United Nations
International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of
Women (UN-INSTRAW) promotes an interactive dialogue between civil
society, governments and international organizations through the
creation of networks and the continual dissemination of gender-related
- Women in Development Europe
(WIDE) is a European feminist network of women´s organisations,
development NGOs, gender specialists and women´s rights activists.
- USAID provides several publications and resources online regarding
its approaches to including and focusing on Women
- Established in 1993, Gender
& Development Journal was the first international journal to
focus directly on gender and feminist issues within development. It is
published three times a year. Writers are drawn from academic, policy,
and practitioner backgrounds, and all articles seek to combine
intellectual rigour with clear and accessible language, in order to
fulfill the journal's aim of supporting gender-equitable development
policy and practice.
- The Association for Women's Rights in
Development (AWID) is an international, multi-generational,
feminist, creative, future-orientated membership organization committed
to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women's human
rights. Excellent news and resources regarding women in developing
INSTRAW Gender Training Wiki. Includes a listing of institutions
offering gender related training, one-off trainings and
capacity-building opportunities such as conferences, classes and private
trainings, and training materials.
in the World Bank: Bank Policy and its Implementation. Terrific
information regarding women and economic policy.
- CARE does model work regarding
empowering women and girls in developing countries, and is generous with
its stories from the field.
- MADRE is a
small-but-very-effective nonprofit organization working with
women-focused NGOs in developing countries.
- BPEACE (Busines Council for
Peace), a UNIFEM partner and non-profit organization that mobilizes
business professionals as volunteers to help entrepreneurs in countries
emerging from war, like Rwanda and Afghanistan, to expand local
businesses and create employment (and thereby build a peaceful,
properpus future). Also, read
how I volunteer with BPEACE (and you can too!).
- Women of Uganda Network
(WOUGNET) is a non-governmental organization that networks all of the
various women-focused and women-run NGOs together. It's a model
organization -- I wish every country in Africa had a similar
Empowering Women Everywhere -
Essential to Development Success, a list of research and articles
that confirm that empowering women is essential to development success and
highlight the very particular challenges to women's access to education,
health care, safety and economic prosperity.
My own women-focused/gender-inclusive work
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