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Progress Report November 2009

Gender Equality and


Women’s Empowerment
Dedication of a stream of funding to support gender equality

An overview of Despite overwhelming evidence linking gender integration to effective assistance, the U.S.
progress made on government currently does not consistently integrate gender into its foreign assistance policies
a select number of and programs. Increasing income in the poorest households, stimulating economic growth and
improving social, health and political conditions in a developing country cannot be achieved
actions recommended
without the full engagement of women.
by the InterAction
NGO community Action Recommended November 2008
in the 2008
Foreign Assistance Require each major development assistance agency or program to have a dedicated stream of
Briefing Book on funding to support gender equality strategies, to monitor expenditures and to finance projects
that include funding for local women’s organizations that focus on empowering women and girls.
Critical Problems,
Recommendations, and Overall Progress as of November 2009
Actions for the Obama
Administration and the Comments and Evidence: The administration
111th Congress. and Congress have shown some progress in
dedicating funding to support gender equality
strategies. We recognize President Obama’s FY
2010 budget request of $516,000 for the Office
of Global Women’s Issues, but are concerned that
congressional appropriations do not mirror the
request. We commend the administration for its
progress; however, for gender to be effectively
integrated, significantly more resources will need
to be allocated to each major development agency
or program.

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