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In Her Own Words: A Malian entrepreneur is given the tools to grow

I have always believed that better tools give better results. For many years, farmers in West Africa have been struggling with low yields because good-quality seeds are not easily available. Most people need a little convincing to upgrade, especially when they are used to a certain way of doing things. In Africa, the majority of […]

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Nothing about us without us.

One year ago—on the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day—we committed to updating a 30-year-old policy on women in development and provide new guidance for how to better integrate gender equality and female empowerment initiatives across our work. We also promised to develop new indicators and evaluation systems to accurately measure the impact of our […]

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Protecting & Promoting Women’s Rights Around the World

Every day, around the world, women are shaping the future of their communities, cities, and nations.  From business to sports to diplomacy to medicine, women have made huge strides forward in recent decades. As we mark the 101st International Women’s Day tomorrow and celebrate the achievements and contributions women have made to the international community, […]

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Vivian’s Story—Breaking the Cycle of Poverty by Educating and Empowering Girls

Vivian O. was born in the outskirts of Kisumu, Kenya, and is said to have entered the world smiling.  Life for Vivian and others in her rural fishing village was challenging, requiring families to rely on ingenuity and perseverance in the face of little resources.  With the support of her family and her local community, […]

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Maryam’s Story—Reflections on International Women’s Day

Submitted by Meghan Feeley After the International Women of Courage Award ceremony at the U.S Department of State I had the opportunity to speak with Maryam, a special guest from Afghanistan. This is the story she shared… Maryam: As a child growing up as a refugee in Iran and Pakistan, I had seen the white […]

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USAID@50 – International Women’s Day

By: Abby Sugrue and Laura Rodriguez, USAID We were rummaging through historic USAID materials in the basement of the Ronald Reagan Building and found this photo of a young nurse and a baby. We couldn’t find a project name, date, title, or country – just “USAID” scrawled in pencil on the back. Still, the image […]

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Inspired and Humbled by Nepal’s Female Health Workers in the Rural Villages of Salyan

Female Community Health Volunteers of Marke District, Nepal, work to enhance health awareness, improve health standards, and save lives throughout their communities by utilizing the training they've received through the USAID-supported Nepal Family Health Program. Photo Credit: Margy Bailey/USAID

After a one-hour prop plane ride from Kathmandu, followed by an 11-hour rocky drive through the stunning hills and valleys of Mid-Western Nepal’s upper hilly region, our team reached Salyan District’s remote and rural villages. We were there to video the successes of the USAID-supported, 50,000-strong Female Community Health Volunteer project.  Working in every district […]

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Educating 1+ Billion Girls Will Make the Difference for Women’s Equality

This week we celebrate International Women’s Day and it’s as good a time as any to remind ourselves of the remarkable accomplishments toward achieving gender equality—and of the challenges that remain to ensuring that the 3.4 billion girls and women on our planet have the same chances as boys and men to lead healthy and […]

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Improving Access to Education for Girls in Sudan

Submitted by Angela Stephens, USAID/LPA Following more than two decades of civil war, Southern Sudan has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world.  The areas in Sudan’s north-south border zone also suffered greatly during the war, including Blue Nile state, bordering Ethiopia.  Girls have been disproportionately affected, with lower rates of literacy and […]

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