Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

USAID strives to improve the lives of people around the world by meeting the distinct and intersectional needs of women and girls, men and boys, in all their diversity, in our development and humanitarian work, as well as to standards and systems that hinder optimal results. . Identifying and addressing restrictive gender norms and inequalities helps foster the sustainability of results.

In March 2021, President Biden signed a Executive Decreeestablishing the White House Gender Policy Council and recognizing that “the full participation of all – including women and girls – in all aspects of our society is essential to economic well-being, health and well-being. the security of our nation and the world.”

USAID is committed to supporting the Biden-Harris administration’s agenda to strengthen the rights of women and girls around the world. We bring our global leadership, technical expertise and strategic partnerships to achieve the overarching goal of ensuring equitable access, opportunity and benefit for all.

USAID has a long-standing commitment to preventing and responding to gender-based violence (GBV), promoting women’s economic empowerment, promoting gender equity in climate change mitigation, empowering adolescent girls , engaging men and boys and addressing gender norms, and supporting underserved and marginalized populations. For societies to thrive, all people must have equal rights, have their voices heard and live free from bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence.

Our global network

Gender equality and the empowerment of women have long been part of USAID’s work. We focus on programming around the world and work to shape and institutionalize policies that empower women and girls.

USAID has a global network of over 180 gender advisors and focal points, embedded in Agency missions and operating units, who work with other USAID colleagues to mainstream gender and advance gender equality goals in USAID’s work worldwide.

For more information

For more information, please contact: [email protected]

Access additional USAID resources on gender equality and women’s empowerment by visiting this webpage.

Mara R. Wilmoth