Category Archives: Gender Issues

Unlocking access to finance for women entrepreneurs: not just another charitable cause

By Lily Han The challenges small businesses face in accessing finance to grow are familiar and well-established: they may lack the know-how to access formal financing sources, have little collateral to offer, or be perceived as high-risk clients by banks … Continue reading

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Celebrating International Women’s Day 2014: Equality for Women is Progress for the Planet

By Ashley Eberhart Recently, I worked on a Dalberg project to improve the livelihoods of people in fishing communities. At the outset, we expected to focus on giving fishermen access to better gear, so that they could catch higher-value fish … Continue reading

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A short guide to understanding female genital cutting

By Tania Beard Female Genital Cutting (FGC) used to be an issue that only feminists and anthropologists discussed. Over the past decade, however, the issue has been rising in the global agenda. Just this past month, a new Kurdistani film … Continue reading

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Playing the role of a “joiner”: the importance of connections in the social sector

By Angela Rastegar Campbell Collaboration is a simple and powerful tool in the social sector, yet even when groups have common goals, there is a persistent gap between the potential for collaboration and the actual amount of partnerships that create … Continue reading

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Making cooking safer for households—and girls—in India

By Madhu Yalamarthi For many people, cooking is an activity—or, in some cases, a chore—that makes food tastier and safer to eat. Given these benefits, it may seem surprising that cooking can also cause disease, disability, and death. Yet cooking … Continue reading

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D. Talks: Connecting the ‘tech side’ to the ‘gender side’ of bridging the ICT gender gap

In the parts of the world with reliable access to high-speed Internet, complaints about unrelenting email and a culture that’s too ‘wired’ and ‘always on’ are common. In those places, it’s easy to forget that a majority of the world’s … Continue reading

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Addressing the global gender disparity in ICT access

“Over the past decade, the international development community has recognized that investing in women is the most direct and effective way to promote economic growth, peace, and prosperity,” writes Ann Mei Chang, Senior Advisor on Women and Technology to the … Continue reading

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The Inequality of the “Great Equalizer:” Closing the Internet access gender gap

by Chris Denny-Brown and Andria Thomas In one case, a young Indian woman with an Engineering degree found that her family preferred she not use the household computer, for fear that – as a woman – it would break if … Continue reading

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Aiding women and girls living with and affected by HIV

by Gill Cassar Until recently, survivors of sexual violence in Guatemala, most of whom are women, had to undertake a lengthy and traumatizing process to lodge a court case against their perpetrator. Every ministry involved, of which there are many, … Continue reading

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Improving opportunities for girls in Senegal

In Senegal, just 18% of girls are enrolled in secondary school, compared to 24% of boys. The Sonatel Foundation and USAID have partnered to address this inequality, launching the Programme Equité Genre à L’Ecole, or PEGE, to encourage equal opportunities … Continue reading

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