New article from Melinda Gates: “Putting women and girls at the center of development”

The development field needs to be more serious about gender inequities and women’s empowerment. By ignoring gender inequities, many development projects fail to achieve their objective. And when development organizations do not focus on women’s empowerment, they neglect the fact that empowered women have the potential to transform their societies. I also review the Gates >> Read more

Publication: Do Shocks Affect Men’s and Women’s Assets Differently? A review of literature and new evidence from Bangladesh and Uganda

A new IFPRI Discussion Paper, Do Shocks Affect Men’s and Women’s Assets Differently? A review of literature and new evidence from Bangladesh and Uganda  is now available. This paper attempts to expand understanding of the gender-differentiated impact of shocks on assets through a literature review on shocks and gendered asset dynamics and an analysis of new >> Read more

Upcoming Publication: Girls Grow: A Vital Force in Rural Economies

An upcoming report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Girls Grow: A Vital Force in Rural Economies will evaluate the role of adolescent girls in the developing world and identify opportunities for national governments and bilateral donors to equip these girls to be agents of economic and social change. This report serves as the next volume >> Read more

Publication: Latest from the World Bank’s Gender and Development Unit

It highlights recent Bank initiatives which seek to promote the economic empowerment of women and gender equality, and to encourage others to do the same. Access it here

News: USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the establishment of USAID’s new Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.

The Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Trade's (EGAT) Women in Development Office is being transformed into a new Office of Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, focused on building partnerships that can deliver results. This office will also give greater support to female entrepreneurship, scale up initiatives designed to enhance women's ownership of key assets like land >> Read more

Event (DC): A Dialogue with USAID’s Leads on Gender Equality

Monday, May 16 at 2:30pm Co-sponsored by InterAction and Women Thrive Worldwide  What:      A Dialogue with USAID's Leads on Gender Equality: Carla Koppell, Senior Coordinator, Office of Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment Dr. Caren Grown, Senior Gender Advisor, Policy Planning and Learning Bureau When:     Monday, May 16, 2:30-4:00pm Where:     InterAction, 1400 >> Read more

Publication: Women and Labour Markets in Asia: Rebalancing for Gender Equality

The crisis response and recovery policies of Asian governments have been shaped by the lessons learned from the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s. An important lesson emerging from the recent crisis is that the policy goal should not be to return to a "normal" pre-crisis situation but to address fundamental and not just >> Read more

Event & Webcast: Renewing IDB’s commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment

Date: 07 Apr 2011 Time: 9:30 AM Location: Washington DC, United States Venue: IDB Auditorium/EVICC, 1330 New York Avenue, N.W. Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.* Keynote Speaker: Michelle Bachelet, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director for UN Women Guest Speaker: Vanda Pignato, Secretary of Social Inclusion and First Lady of El Salvador The Inter-American >> Read more

Resource: Corporate-level evaluation on IFAD’s performance with regard to gender equality and women’s empowerment

The IFAD corporate gender evaluation is now accessible on the web and will be discussed at up-coming EB seminar (13 December) and EB session (14-16 December). http://www.ifad.org/gbdocs/eb/ec/e/65/EC-2010-65-W-P-4.pd

News: Gender Equality Goals Miss the Mark, Women’s Groups Say

Hannah Rubenstein UNITED NATIONS, Aug 24 - A month ahead of the 2010 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) review summit at the United Nations, some women's groups are voicing concern that member states' commitment to women's issues is insufficient and slowing progress towards gender parity worldwide. MORE >>