On Tuesday, September 21st, the Council on Women and Girls (CWG) co-hosted a panel on "Gender Integration in Practice" with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in New York City. MCC is an independent U.S. foreign aid agency that is helping fight against global poverty. Tina Tchen, Director of the Office of Public Engagement and Executive Director of the Council on Women and Girls, discussed the Obama Administration's commitment to gender integration. Tina explained how the CWG focuses on gender integration by ensuring all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider how their policies and programs impact women and families.
Over 15 other experts from various gender-related organizations and agencies participated on the panel. Together they discussed how forums such as the "Gender Integration in Practice" one are valuable because they help the private sector more fully understand where their investments can have the greatest impact and where the private sector can collaborate to make meaningful changes. Ambassador Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, echoed Tina's comments and furthermore stressed the importance of measuring and evaluating outcomes in order to bring about progress. The panel had a lively debate about various strategies and ways to most effectively empower women and girls. Additionally, organizations talked about the need for long-term sustainable strategies as well as a stronger focus on girls and adolescents in order to making a lasting impact.
Please read more about the panel and see pictures by visiting the Millennium Challenge Corporation's website: http://www.mcc.gov/pages/povertyreductionblog/entry/focusing-on-gender-integration.
Jenny Kaplan is Deputy Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls