International Women’s Day
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 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)
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.
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