But what does this really mean for development programs? And how will it play out on the ground for women and girls? Here are a few of the programs and initiatives that USAID plans to continue to achieve gender equality:
Science and technology: In February 2011, USAID and AusAID launched a partnership with Groupe Mobile Speciale Association to reduce by half the gender gap of the 300 million women in the developing world who do not have access to a mobile phone. This three-year mWomen Partnership will look at women’s needs for mobile phones and how to use these services to further women’s empowerment and economic opportunities.
Gender analysis: USAID’s directive management services requires all staff to conduct gender analysis in the design of country strategies and projects. Such analysis should identify the root causes of existing gender inequalities and impending obstacles for women’s empowerment in the context of the programs.
Fostering women’s leadership: In 2011, Peace and Security USAID provided funding for women to attend peace negotiations, donor conferences and transitional political processes. Furthermore, complimentary programs were created to improve women’s knowledge and experience in business, legislation and social protection.
To find out more ways of how USAID is globally engaging with women, their families and communities, be sure to check out their full policy.