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Women and Development by Anna
August 10, 2011, 11:03 am
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This week, check out two interesting articles concerning gender issues in development from Alertnet. The first is story out of the Horn of Africa. It states that the “lack of women in policymaking is worsening the impact of the Horn of Africa drought.” Henia Dakkak, a Somalia researcher for the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), believes that women could boost crop production in harsh climates because of their specific knowledge of the land.
The entire story is available at this link.

The second story is an op-ed by Ross Mountain, director general of DARA, an organization that focuses on improving the quality and effectiveness of aid. His piece focuses on Haiti and gender issues surrounding its rebuilding. He states that women living in disaster areas suffer the most, and key issues have not been addressed since last year’s earthquake. Mountain believes that part of the explanation may be because the humanitarian system is too male-dominated.
His entire column can be read at this link.

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