Economic Development & Microfinance

Women contribute actively to economic development and sustainability. Their social status determines their access to opportunities for economic autonomy and advancement. In the US, the glass ceiling is still firmly in place in many sectors of the economy. Globally, economic development efforts are doomed to failure without women’s active involvement and participation. More efforts need to focus on empowering women as wage earners, entrepreneurs and business owners. Microfinance programs also offer great potential to lift women out of poverty.

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana - Author Series Event

Date/Time: 
03/21/2011

— AUTHOR SERIES EVENT —
THE DRESSMAKER OF KHAIR KHANA: FIVE SISTERS, ONE REMARKABLE FAMILY, AND THE WOMAN WHO RISKED EVERYTHING TO KEEP THEM SAFE
   
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Fellow and Women and Foreign Policy Program Deputy Director,
Council on Foreign Relations

House Republican Spending Cuts in H.R. 1 Devastating To Women, Families and the Economy

The bill to fund – and de-fund – the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, H.R. 1, passed the House on February 19, 2011, on a party-line vote (all but three Republicans voting voted for the bill; all Democrats voting voted against it). The bill slashes funding for services vital to women and girls at every stage in their lives, from early childhood to K-12, through their working and childbearing years, and into old age. In addition, the bill prohibits the federal government from enforcing important legal protections for women.

To find out more about how H.R. 1 affects women and families, read the National Women's Law Center's Fact Sheet.

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http://www.nwlc.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/hr1factsheetfeb2011_2.pdf
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Anti-Union Efforts and Wisconsin's Women Workers

By Kate Meyer*


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Women's Foreign Policy Group Author Series: Gayle Lemmon on Afghanistan

Date/Time: 
03/21/2011

THE DRESSMAKER OF KHAIR KHANA
FIVE SISTERS, ONE REMARKABLE FAMILY, AND THE WOMAN WHO RISKED EVERYTHING TO KEEP THEM SAFE


In The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, journalist and author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon tells the story of Kamela Sediqi, the unlikely breadwinner who became an entrepreneur in Afghanistan under the Taliban. Desperate to support her brothers and sisters and unable to earn a living outside the home, she started a dressmaking business in her living room which offered work to 100 women in her community. Together these unsung heroines made the difference between survival and starvation for their families under Taliban rule.

Measuring Our Progress in Reducing U.S. Poverty

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Date/Time: 
03/29/2011



Measuring Our Progress in Reducing U.S. Poverty: Challenges, Benchmarks, and Opportunities for Cross-Agency and Community Collaboration

 

To reach a goal of cutting poverty in half and moving over 20 million individuals out of poverty and toward economic security, national and state-level agencies and organizations will have to work collaboratively and identify promising public policies that are inclusive of the most vulnerable sectors of society.

Expert Profile

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Nancy Biberman founded WHEDco in 1991 with the vision of restoring the South Bronx to the beautiful, bustling place it once was. WHEDco’s first project was the renovation of the abandoned Morrisania Hospital to provide low-income families with affordable homes and economic opportunities. In partnership with neighborhood leaders, Nancy developed the Urban Horizons Economic Development Center, which houses family support services, a Head Start center, a commercial kitchen that incubates small food businesses, and a primary healthcare center. With local parents, Nancy catalyzed the construction of the adjacent public school, PS/MS 218. Recently, Nancy led WHEDco in developing Intervale Green, the largest multi-family, high-rise, Energy Star certified affordable housing development in the nation.

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Bronx, NY 10452
United States
40° 50' 10.932" N, 73° 55' 20.5068" W

Expert Profile

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40° 50' 10.932" N, 73° 55' 20.5068" W

Khushbu Srivastava joined the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation as Director or Marketing and Communications in October 2010. With a decade of experience in nonprofit strategy, gender, marketing, communications and policy advocacy, Ms. Srivastava has worked on international health, education and microfinance programs across thirteen countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Liberia and Sri Lanka. Ms. Srivastava holds a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University and a BA from Wellesley College.

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Bronx, NY 10452
United States
40° 50' 10.932" N, 73° 55' 20.5068" W

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40° 45' 21.9456" N, 73° 59' 38.2488" W
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Radhika Balakrishnan, Executive Director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership, and Professor, Women's and Gender Studies, has a Ph.D. in Economics from Rutgers University. Previously, she was Professor of Economics and International Studies at Marymount Manhattan College. She has worked at the Ford Foundation as a program officer in the Asia Regional Program. She is currently the Chair of the Board of the US Human Rights Network and on the Board of the Center for Constitutional Rights. She is the author of Why MES with Human Rights: Integrating Macro Economic Strategies with Human Rights (Marymount Manhattan College, New York, 2005). She edited The Hidden Assembly Line: Gender Dynamics of Subcontracted Work in a Global Economy (Kumarian Press, 2001) and co-edited Good Sex: Feminist Perspectives from the World’s Religions, with Patricia Jung and Mary Hunt (Rutgers University Press, 2000).

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New York, NY 10018
United States
40° 45' 21.9456" N, 73° 59' 38.2488" W
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