Women & Gender

International Women's Day 2014, observed March 8, inspires us to celebrate achievements in women’s equality and emancipation worldwide. The day also brings attention to areas of continued inequality, where acts of courage and determination are still needed in order to make the world more just. IRD's programs address women's issues through protection from domestic and gender-based violence, healthcare, career training and small business support, and education. In addition to being the focus of IRD's work, women take on leadership roles both withing our organization and as local partners and beneficiaries.

Read a letter from our President and CEO, Dr. Arthur B. Keys, Jr. 

 Read local coverage of our event in Pakistan with beneficiaries of our Conflict Victim Support Programme (CVSP) vocational training:
These women, through the USAID Conflict Support Programme, receive vocational training to improve their income earning ability thereby enabling them to provide financial support for their families after losing male family members. The scholarships provided to children enable them to continue their education. The women displayed the clothing, beauty skills and other vocational products. (read more)

US recognizes brave women of FATA, KP for International Women Day

IRD has a proud history of commitment to women’s issues since our founding in 1998. Co-founder Jasna Basaric-Keys is an expert on gender and health programs, especially affecting women in developing nations where some of the most vulnerable women are found. IRD programs employ a variety of strategies to promote gender equity and women’s empowerment in the developing world. IRD includes gender considerations in each of our programs during design and implementation by accounting for cultural norms, family structures, and gender roles. IRD programs reduce gender-based violence, increase women's access to income and productive resources, address women's health, promote gender equality in education, and strengthen national and local women's groups. In 2012, Women Deliver, a global women's advocacy organization committed to maternal health, ranked IRD's WomenFirst program as one of its 50 most inspiring ideas and solutions to build a better world for girls and women.


Closing Emergency Gaps to Aid Victims of Displacement in Colombia

Colombia’s struggle against drug production and export, terrorism, and other armed... more

Creating Jobs in the West Bank

The Gaza Employment Generation through NGOs Program (GEGNP) aided students in the G... more

Health Linkages and National Networks for Iraqi Refugees in Jordan

The Health Linkages and National Networks (HLNN) is enhancing protection of Iraqi r... more

Improving Infant, Child & Maternal Health in Cambodia

Using an integrated, community-based approach, IRD has achieved important improveme... more

Increasing Community and Private-Sector Involvement in Education

Sindh is Pakistan’s second largest province in population and economic output. Desp... more

Iraq Mothers and Daughters Empowerment Program

Many rural women in Iraq live in extreme poverty. Only 37 percent of rural women ca... more

Outreach Services for Syrian & Iraqi Refugees

The Outreach for Syrian and Iraqi Refugees (OSIR 6) program supports UNHCR outreach... more

Rapid Infrastructure Emergency Project

Decades of civil war devastated the infrastructure of South Sudan, which had never... more

Strategic Health Support for Iraqi Refugees (SHS)

The displacement of Iraqis is the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world. Alth... more

Strengthening Health Services through Community Mobilization

Through the ESOCUIDA project (the Portuguese acronym for Empowerment of Civil Socie... more

Women First

IRD has been implementing the Women First program since 2005 in an effort to empowe... more

Working with the Displaced in Colombia

Colombia has served as an international leader in the challenge of bringing democra... more