Updated April 20, 2009
Empowering Women Everywhere - My Favorite Resources
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.
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 countries.
- 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 more).
- 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 information.
- 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 in Development.
- 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 countries.
- UN 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.
- Gender 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 organization.
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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