By: Kimberley Sevcik
I’m the Engagement Director for a project called Women and Girls Lead Global (WGLG) that uses documentary film to raise awareness and spark attitude and behavior change around gender issues in Kenya, India, Bangladesh, Peru, and Jordan. Partnering with community organizations on the ground, we train facilitators to screen films about girls’ and women’s struggles and triumphs around the world; to lead conversations about the issues in the film, drawing analogies to community challenges; and to brainstorm solutions to those challenges.
When I tell people about the project, I generally get a two-tiered reaction.
The general population responds to the project’s sex appeal. They find it compelling. Everyone likes film, everyone likes a good story.
Development experts are more skeptical. They find it interesting, but they want to know how it’s making a positive – and measurable – difference.
It’s a question that I’ve been struggling to answer, too, as we round the bend on our third year of the project. Read more
By: Kate DiMercurio
If you’re active on Twitter you’ve probably come across the hashtag #mWomen. mWomen is a new tagline referring to mobile tools and programs centered on the needs of women, usually those living in developing countries. Typical mWomen projects involve:
- Promoting literacy and educational opportunities for girls and women through targeted SMS messages.
- Improving access to health services and providing useful tips and advice to pregnant women, new mothers and families affected by HIV/AIDS or other communicable and non-communicable diseases alike through mobile channels.
- Targeting female entrepreneurs, small business owners, and agricultural workers with relevant market information, up-to-date prices, weather reports, tips and advice for expanding their business or improving productivity.
For mWomen programs to take off, we need more women to be connected to the technology. At this time, roughly 300 million fewer women than men own mobile phones. This digital gender gap is greatest in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia; and it is a problem that development community and mobile operators alike must address.
Why Does This Matter? Read more
Author: David Potter
Living in a highly interdependent world is not an option—but at present, being educated to do so competently is. — Harvard Professor Fernando Reimers
We all know that U.S. policy and action has a huge impact on the world – effecting businesses, economies and ecosystems around the globe. In this increasingly interconnected age, it is critical the U.S. educational system prepare globally competent citizens. Yet, despite rhetoric from the U.S. Department of Education on “preparing today’s youth, and our country more broadly, for a globalized world,” global education is not a priority of U.S. educational system.
The result is predictable and worrisome: Americans in large numbers want the U.S. to reduce its role in world affairs. Read more