International Women's Day
International Women’s Day is Sunday, March 8th. It’s an opportunity to recognize women’s achievements and progress toward gender equality, discuss challenges, and focus greater attention on the importance of women’s rights and gender. To celebrate International Women’s Day and the work the USAID ASSIST Project is doing to improve the lives of women and girls around the world, we produced a blog series that highlights our gender integration approach and some illustrative activities and outcomes of our work to identify and address the specific needs of women and girls around the world using improvement techniques.
USAID ASSIST Senior Technical Gender Advisor and President of WI-HER LLC Dr. Taroub Harb Faramand reflects on ASSIST and WI-HER’s work over the past year to improve the lives of girls and women and project accomplishments. She highlights the challenges that still persist and the need to further focus on increasing equal opportunities for women and girls, and offers insight into how the USAID ASSIST Project will continue to work towards improving health outcomes for women, men, girls, and boys over the year to come.
USAID ASSIST Nicaragua Chief of Party Ivonne Gomez discusses how her team is addressing gender issues in Nicaragua by working to develop the skills of university professors on issues which include GBV and trafficking in persons, including prevention, care and rehabilitation for survivors of GBV. She reflects on a Spanish-language training module that the USAID ASSIST Project recently collaborated on to build the capacity of university professors to train medical and nursing students to understand gender issues and identify gender-based violence and work to break the cycle of violence.
Stanley Masamo, OVC Quality Improvement Advisor in Kenya, blogs about ASSIST’s culturally-sensitive approach to identify and respond to the unique needs and issues facing each community in Kenya to improve services for both vulnerable girls and boys. He describes one community in which his team supported implementing partners to identify and respond to the specific needs of adolescent girls, including early marriage and FGM/C, to improve education outcomes.
To learn more about International Women’s Day and events that coincide with the holiday, visit UN Women’s Website.
To learn more about our work to promote gender equality and empower women and girls, view our blog series for International Day of the Girl Child.