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The Latest Issues and Trends in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance
BREAKTHROUGHS
DEVELOPMENTS
MONDAY

March 2007
Vol. 25, No. 3
InterAction

Strategies \ue001or Gender Equality
and E\ue001\ue001ectiveness in the Field
*
Renew your Monday Developments subscription today! Email publications@interaction.org
FEATURES
06
Congressional Agenda: What\u2019s in it \ue003or the
World\u2019s Women?
07
Real Change \ue003or Millions o\ue003 Women: The New
MCC Gender Policy
08
Gender Equality May Finally Arrive at the
United Nations
10
Women Lead to End Con\ue002ict and Build More
Responsive Governments
12
The Power o\ue003 Partnerships: Parliamentarians
\ue003or Women\u2019s Health
14

Women on the Frontline: Women Agricultural Extensionists in North Dar\ue003ur Sow Knowledge and Moral Courage

16
Through Our Eyes: Participatory Video in West
A\ue003rica
20
Thoughts \ue003rom Women Leaders
24

The LEAD Campaign: Empowering Women
to Lead and Succeed in Micro\ue001nance
Organizations

26
The Gender Audit: An E\ue000ective Tool \ue003or
Organizational Trans\ue003ormation
28
More Breakthroughs

It\u2019s no secret that women in relie\ue001 and development \ue001ace
many challenges. Under-represented in leadership and, at
times, constrained by the cultural environments in which they
work, it is \ue001orgivable \ue001or some women to \ue001eel as though they
are at a disadvantage. However, more and more women are
de\ue001ying stereotypes and taking leadership and management
positions in the \ue000eld, or in their own communities. These
women do not wish to be seen as doing their job better than
men, but wish to have the same chance as their male peers
to improve their world. In this issue, we examine how women
all over the world are working with their colleagues and
neighbors to realize a more just world.

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE
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Inside this Issue: An Overview
04\ue000
Inside Our Community
23\ue000
Your Thoughts
30\ue000
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FORUM 2007
Front cover image: courtesy o\ue001 Hilary Wallis
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
AN OVERVIEW
It\u2019s No Secret

It is no secret that women play a vital role in in\ue000uencing and leading change that improves human well-being \ue001rom village councils to international boardrooms. Their contribution in the business, social and political arenas both in the developing and developed world have been invaluable. So have their e\ue001\ue001orts to organize \ue001or women\u2019s empowerment at the grassroots, national, and international levels.

Why profle something so obvious? Ironically, women still continue to be under-represented and overlooked in the very areas where they excel.

In celebration o\ue001 International Women\u2019s Day, this issue o\ue001
Monday Developments explores women\u2019s leadership roles in

the world o\ue001 international development and breakthrough e\ue001\ue001orts \ue001or accelerating women\u2019s advancement. As a sector, we are committed to gender equality in our programs and our organizations. The articles in this issue re\ue000ect on the strides we have made in promoting and achieving gains \ue001or women, their \ue001amilies and their communities. We shine the spotlight on key leadership roles and innovative programs.

March 8, indeed the whole month o\ue001 March, is not enough time to chronicle the strides made by women across the globe. It is time that we as a community intensi\ue001y our commitment to achieving gender equality in a very realistic and strategic way. This includes gender parity \ue001or women in leadership roles in our organizations, as well as how we structure our programs to re\ue000ect this critical piece o\ue001 development. Eliminating gender inequality is key to accomplishing our sector\u2019s mission o\ue001 eradicating poverty, disease and illiteracy.

We are always eager to hear what you, our readers, have to say about the issues we discuss in this magazine. What are your thoughts on the state o\ue001 gender equality in international development? Send your comments to publications@ interaction.org

Sam Worthington
President & CEO
Managing Editor
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published 12 times a year by the
Communications Department o\ue003
InterAction, the largest alliance o\ue003
U.S.-based international development
and humanitarian nongovernmental
organizations. With more than
160 members operating in every
developing country, we work to
overcome poverty, exclusion and
su\ue000ering by advancing social justice
and basic dignity \ue003or all.

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MONDAY DEVELOPMENTS
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