Gender Equality

Foundation Roundtable: Future Family Planning Strategies

"Family planning is one of the biggest success stories of development cooperation," said Bert Koenders, Dutch Minister for Development Cooperation, via video at a roundtable discussion on the future of family planning and reproductive health.

From Relief to Development: Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Conflict and Post-Conflict Contexts

Though widespread sexual and gender-based violence (GBV) is often thought of as the product of political instability or conflict, its scope is much larger and more complex, said Heidi Lehmann, senior GBV technical advisor at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), at "From Relief to Development: Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Conflict and Post-Conflict Contexts," a June 4, 2008, meeting sponsored by the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program.

Gender-Based Violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): Research Findings and Programmatic Implications

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), "armed conflict has resulted in mass displacement and widespread sexual violence; the problem is that it hasn't always been quantified," said Dr. Lynn Lawry, senior health stability and humanitarian assistance specialist at the U.S. Department of Defense.

Strategies to Promote Gender Equity in Developing Countries: Lessons, Challenges, and Opportunities

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Inter-American Foundation present a half-day conference to share perspectives, experiences, and lessons regarding the best ways to promote gender equity and increase development effectiveness.

Conference Agenda

Panel 1: 8:30am-10:00am

The Mideast on Fire: What Happens Next?

Dalia Ziada, Egypt Office Director for the American Islamic Congress and an award-winning blogger, provided a first hand report of the historic uprising in Egypt and offered insight into the challenges and opportunities now facing the Egyptian people.

Islamic Feminism and Beyond: The New Frontier

Women throughout the Muslim world have been actively leading reform movements and pushing for gender equality since the early 20th century. On June 15, 2010 the Middle East Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted two panel discussions to review the history and examine the progress of women's movements, specifically related to developments in Egypt, Iran, Morocco, Tunisia, and Turkey.

<b>Live Webcast--</b>Building for the Future: Women's Role in Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction

Video of this event is now available. To watch the video, follow the links in the See Also box.

This meeting considered the positive roles women have played in peace building and the impact of individual women, women's organizations, and women's civil society networks in aiding reconstruction. Panelists reflected on women's activism in both formal and informal peace processes, and provided insight into the most effective ways in which women are involved in reconstruction activities.

Panel I: The Role of Women in Conflict-Affected Areas

Women: MENA's Untapped Resource

Nadereh Chamlou, Senior Advisor, Office of the Chief Economist,
Middle East and North Africa Region, The World Bank

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