Sep 30

Women’s Economic Progress in the 20 Years Since Beijing Has Bright Spots, Shadows

Experts in gender, labor, and inclusive development gathered Tuesday at Nathan Associates to assess women’s economic progress in the 20 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was hammered out in 1995. Moderator Louise Williams, a Principal Associate in Nathan’s international trade practice, asked three panelists to share their views on […] Continue reading

Aug 04

Inclusion, Infiltration, and Innovation: The Disabled Women’s Movement 20 years after Beijing and 25 years after the Americans with Disabilities Act

The UN Conference in Beijing in 1995, called the birthplace of the disabled women’s movement, assembled the first international network of disabled women advocating for disabled women’s rights. Since then the concerns of women with disabilities have been woven into policies, including the Beijing Platform for Action. Yet, the development […] Continue reading

Jul 28

From Aspiration to Transformation: Meaningful Progress in Women, Peace, and Security in the Next 20 Years

Fifteen years ago, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 to promote women’s participation in peace negotiations and operations, protection of women from sexual and gender-based violence, and prevention of violence against women. These principles have inspired official policies—also called national action plans (NAPs)—in 50 countries and counting. Yet, […] Continue reading

May 13

Lutheran World Relief and Land O’Lakes Launch Two New Gender Integration Tools

There is no one-size-fits all approach to gender integration. This is the clear message of two new gender integration tools launched this spring at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC: Lutheran World Relief’s (LWR) 2014 Storybook: INGO Experience with Gender Integration and Land O’Lakes’ Integrating Gender throughout a Project’s Life […] Continue reading

Apr 16

‘Women’s Rights Are Human Rights’: Where are we 20 years later?

Twenty years ago, Hillary Clinton’s speech at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing brought women’s issues to the global stage. Her underlying message, “human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights,” still echoes around the world and evokes a call to action codified in the […] Continue reading

Mar 12

What does meaningful progress look like in addressing gender issues in the environment (and agriculture)?

“Human beings are at the centre of concern for sustainable development. They are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature. Women have an essential role to play in the development of sustainable and ecologically sound consumption and production patterns and approaches to natural resource management.” (United […] Continue reading

Jan 29

Gender-focused Volunteer Assignments for Winrock’s Farmer-to-Farmer for Agriculture Education and Training (F2F/AET) Program

Gender & Value Chains Training Volunteer Winrock’s Farmer-to-Farmer for Agriculture Education and Training (F2F/AET) Program seeks a volunteer with experience in agriculture value chain analysis and gender analysis and mainstreaming, to provide gender and value chain training to grantees of the Agriculture Education and Market Improvement (AEMIP) Program. AEMIP’s Innovations […] Continue reading

Dec 02

Cultural Practice joins consortium to empower women farmers through improved agricultural extension and advisory services

Cultural Practice, LLC (CP) is a partner in a new consortium led by the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign (UIUC) that was recently awarded $7 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to contribute to the goals of the Presidential Initiative Feed the Future of increasing global […] Continue reading

Oct 31

Water and electricity critical for women, but perhaps mobile phones first?

Over a decade ago, wandering along ridge rows of farmer’s plots in southern Africa, I would never have believed that I would be advocating mobile phones as a game changing technology for the overworked, underserviced African woman farmer. I grew up in a 1920s ranch house in northern California heated […] Continue reading

Oct 13

Grand Challenges: Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is launching a new Grand Challenge: Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development. This challenge focuses on how to effectively reach and empower the most vulnerable women and girls to improve health and development – including economic – outcomes as well as […] Continue reading