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2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development @WorldBank #hwhtw

A great resource from the World Bank for information about gender and development progress all over the world, including maps, quotes, and stats.

“The 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development finds that women’s lives around the world have improved dramatically, but gaps remain in many areas. The authors use a conceptual framework to examine progress to date, and then recommend policy actions.”

Read more: http://econ.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/EXTDEC/EXTRESEARCH/EXTWDRS/EXTWDR2012/0,,menuPK:7778074~pagePK:7778278~piPK:7778320~theSitePK:7778063~contentMDK:22851055,00.html?cid=EXT_TwitterWBPubs_P_EXT

November 20, 2011 at 12:37 pm 1 comment

Kenya ranked top globally in gender equality reforms @WorldBank #hwhtw

Bravo to Kenya!

Kenya ranked top globally in gender equality reforms

By GEOFFREY IRUNGU

Posted  Tuesday, October 11  2011 at  21:55

Increased access by women to justice, property rights and top jobs has seen Kenya emerge as the leading reformer globally in a report released by the World Bank on Tuesday.

The report says women in Kenya were greatly empowered by the new Constitution as well as other legal reforms that have been taking place in recent years.

“Kenya has achieved a lot in gender parity because of the new Constitution which is now being studied by many countries in the world that want to carry out reforms,” said David Bridgman, regional manager for Investment Climate Advisory services in Africa at the World Bank.

Read the full article: http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/Corporate+News/Kenya+ranked+top+globally+in+gender+equality+reforms+/-/539550/1253960/-/le10o3z/-/

October 15, 2011 at 12:25 pm Leave a comment

#DTDW: Mentorship and Skill-Building for Effective Women’s Advocacy

More from the Democracy That Delivers for Women Conference:

The panel on “The Role of Women in Democratic Reform” emphasized the importance of mentoring and sharing knowledge for giving women a voice in the political process. 

Shari Bryan of the National Democratic Institute noted the success of the “IKnowPolitics” website: mentors and peers share advice and best practices to help other women run for office – and win.

Michelle Bekkering of the International Republican Institute cited a World Bank study that found that an 8% increase in women in a country’s national parliament corresponded with a 20% drop in corruption, but noted that women activists often complain that women at the top (Presidents and Prime Ministers) “aren’t working to bring other women up the ladder.”

Nancy Mills of the American Center for International Labor Solidarity said that economic and political advocacy are linked: women gain skills in economic advocacy that allow them to move into political advocacy.

June 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm Leave a comment

Video: “Bangladesh – Renewable Technology Opportunities for Women”

From sister blog SHEenergy: “This video describes a program implemented by the World Bank in Bangladesh to promote women as renewable energy entrepreneurs.”

http://sheenergy.wordpress.com/2011/06/16/video-bangladesh-renewable-technology-opportunities-for-women/

June 20, 2011 at 12:21 pm Leave a comment

Development: Gender Matters

This article from the journal Gender, Technology and Development provides a striking illustration of the importance of understanding gender relationships when designing development programs.  “Empowerment and Disempowerment of Forest Women in Uttarakhand, India” examines the community impacts of a World Bank-funded forestry project.  “Instead of increasing women’s empowerment, the top-down interventions… are doing the opposite by disrupting and marginalizing their own struggles and achievements, transferring power and authority to the forest department and local elite men,” the author notes.

Read more: http://gtd.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/5/3/341

 

 

 

 

June 1, 2011 at 10:54 am Leave a comment

Expanding Access to Finance for Health e-Conference: March 29-30

Next Tuesday and Wednesday, the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, and the USAID Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector project (SHOPS) are hosting an online conference on “the use of financial services to strengthen the global health care supply chain”.  

SHOPS is a five-year cooperative agreement focusing on “increasing availability, improving quality, and expanding coverage of essential health products and services in family planning and reproductive health, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, and other health areas through the private sector.”

Join participants from Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Canada, Côte d’Ivoire, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar,  Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, the UK, the US, and Zambia (and that’s just who’s signed up so far) in learning about finance in healthcare!

To register for the online conference or learn more: http://www.shopsproject.org/about/announcements/expanding-access-finance-health-e-conference-0?tr=y&auid=8016972

March 25, 2011 at 12:41 pm Leave a comment

The untapped potential of women in Asia: $40 billion

Last week U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer gave the keynote speech at the Annual Summit of the Global Banking Alliance for Women.  Among other amazing facts, Ambassador Verveer cited a massive amount of pent-up prosperity embodied in Asian women:

“Let me give you a macro-example of what the economic empowerment of women could mean, as if you didn’t know: it is calculated that the Asia-Pacific region is shortchanged in excess of $40 billion a year in GDP because of the untapped potential of women.”

Two more striking quotes from the speech:

“As World Bank president Robert Zoellick says, and I quote him endlessly all over the world, ‘Gender Equality Means Smart Economics.'”

“An article in the Economist noted the following: ‘Forget China, forget India, forget the Internet, it’s women who drive GDP.'”

To read the full text of the speech: http://www.state.gov/s/gwi/rls/rem/2010/150137.htm

More on the Global Banking Alliance for Women: http://www.gbaforwomen.org/

October 31, 2010 at 5:06 pm Leave a comment


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