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Promoting Women's Leadership
By Allan E. Goodman

In March, women and men around the world celebrated the 101st International Women's Day. At IIE, we celebrated all month long by taking part in events ranging from the Ethiopian Women's Leadership Program's "Connecting Girls: Inspiring Futures" celebration at Haramaya University to the 2012 International Women's Day Summit in San Francisco.

For us, practically every day is devoted to enhancing women’s leadership. In this issue, we are highlighting some of the women-led initiatives managed by IIE for our sponsors and partners.

We launched the Center for Women's Leadership Initiatives this year to provide opportunities for women worldwide to take part in cutting-edge training, professional development and exchange programs and pursue higher education. The Center works with sponsors to leverage strategic partnerships to engage emerging and established women leaders from underserved communities.

These programs create linkages among individuals, groups and networks, and they result in a tangible multiplier effect with measurable impact and long-term sustainability. Please visit the Center's website to learn more about WLI Programs.


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Male 55%

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Male 36.5%


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African Centers of Excellence for Women's Leadership

This week, IIE launched a new initiative to help women throughout Sub-Saharan Africa build new skills and train in leadership development. The 3-year, $1 million program is funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and implemented by IIE's office in Addis-Ababa. It will support four selected organizations in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia working in critical development areas—economic empowerment, family planning and girls' education—to become centers of excellence in women's advancement and leadership training in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Celebrating International Women's Day

IIE partnered with Global Arts and Education to present the 2012 International Women's Day Summit (IWD) in San Francisco. The Summit brought together local and international women leaders, including women who are here on the Fulbright and IVLP programs, to discuss gender equality in the areas of Media, Environment, Education, Training, Policy, and Government.
See featured speakers and events >>

Creating Mentoring Partnerships Across Cultures

On March 1, TechWomen—an international exchange that uses technology as a means to empower women and girls worldwide—issued a call for applications from women in technology sectors at San Francisco Bay Area companies to serve as professional and cultural mentors for 42 women from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen. TechWomen is managed by IIE on behalf of the U.S. Department of State and implemented in partnership with the Anita Borg Institute.
See video and learn more about becoming a mentor >>

New Media for the Networked NGO

IIE's E-Mediat program convened more than 100 leaders from grassroots organizations for conferences in Jordan and Morocco from March 20-25, led by Bay Area social media expert and co-author of The Networked Non-Profit, Beth Kanter. NGO participants focus on women's rights and empowerment, ending domestic abuse and sexual harassment and promoting women-led microenterprises. E-Mediat helps grassroots organizations across Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia use digital technology to raise awareness about critical social issues and contribute to more pluralistic and participatory communities throughout the region.
Learn more >>

SRF 10th Anniversary: Featured Scholar in Women's Studies

To mark its 10th anniversary this year, IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund is featuring the inspiring stories of 10 threatened scholars whose lives and academic work have been saved by the Fund. The first to be highlighted is Shemeem Abbas, who applied to SRF in 2004, after Islamic clerics at her university in Pakistan brought charges against her that included blasphemy, an offence punishable by death. Now an associate professor at SUNY Purchase, she is an award-winning author who teaches across disciplinary boundaries, including political science, women's studies, literature and creative writing, with a research focus on women's rituals in Islamic societies.
Read her story >>

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