Women and Girls

Rather than attempt to summarize all, or even many, of the various approaches aid & development workers need to keep in mind regarding including women in aid & development activities, focusing on the needs of women specifically, gender-related approaches, etc., here is a list of some of the major online places to find in-depth information on these subjects from a variety of different organizations and institutions, and which lead to even further information:

  • UNIFEM
    UNIFEM is the women’s fund at the United Nations. It provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programmes and strategies to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality.
  • Development Gateway - Gender & Development
    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).
  • UNFPA
    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 Communications Initiative
    Many of the resources at The Communications Initiative are focused on women & girls - both reaching them and involving them regarding aid and development.
  • INSTRAW
    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.
  • WIDE Network
    Women in Development Europe (WIDE) is a European feminist network of women´s organisations, development NGOs, gender specialists and women´s rights activists.
  • Women in Development Resources From USAID
    USAID provides several publications and resources online regarding its approaches to including and focusing on Women in Development.
  • Gender & Development Journal
    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 fulfil the journal's aim of supporting gender-equitable development policy and practice.

Also see: The Reintegration of Female Soldiers in Post Conflict Societies by AWN member Elise Barth

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