Women and International Development

Articles published under this topic explore the important roles of women in international development. Articles include women’s roles in leadership, church history, and as defenders of women’s rights.

Also see Vol. 5, Issue 2, Women in International Development (here) for additional scholarly articles on this topic.

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Women and International Development

The author briefly describes some of the people that come to mind when she thinks about women who have inspired her with their impact in the field of International Development:

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Currently, many young people see Christianity as oppressive and a religion that labels women as inferior. In fact, Wicca is the fastest growing religion in America. Women appreciate being part of a spiritual experience and having positions of leadership. Barna did a 20-year study on women’s relationships in church; since 1991 women’s attendance has decreased 11%.

However, Mimi Haddad points out that it has not always been this way, and highlighted the many 19th century women who were in positions of authority and leadership and respected for it. For example, Moody Bible Institute was actually started by a woman, Emma Dryer, and many female graduates preached around the country.

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I find it more than coincidental that in the micro-enterprise world, case studies show us that women are the most successful micro-enterprise entrepreneurs. Women are the preferred customers much more than men because of their proven track record. Further, micro-enterprise mostly occurs in the same developing countries where CP also occurs.

Is this just coincidental or part of a larger body of evidence where we are not effectively “connecting the dots”?

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This research was conducted among 89 savings groups implemented through five microfinance organizations in Kibera slums. It used a cross sectional study design where questionnaires were administered among the 89 group leaders of the microfinance projects. The research established that there are conflict areas arising from a complete focus on women without the involvement of men. Though financial gains are realized especially among women, there are disempowerment components of the process, especially in the households that involve men.

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The global campaign, “16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence,” runs every year from November 25- December 10.

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As Women’s History Month is coming to a close (June 2012), it is important to keep learning about the many contributions women have made throughout history. Just because traditional history accounts may not mention women, does not mean women were not active and influential. Here are some resources to continue learning about women’s history:

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Jesus took Mary to a deeper level of trust through her dark night of the soul. Theology isn’t academic. Theology is life and the fuel that feeds our faith when our world collapses in on us and we are struggling to trust God. Mary learned through struggle that no matter how dark things got or how depressed she felt, the safest course of action was always to trust him.

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Consuelo Morales is a Catholic nun whose story was highlighted in the Los Angeles Times in her role as a human rights defender. She continues week after week standing up to those in power and demanding accountability for what they have done.

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This is a short blog inspired by a quote from Darrell Guder, “This [Kingdom] community must also move against the current of its culture in its relationship to the exercise of domination and power.”

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In Somalia, women are now in government, contributing to efforts for peace, and are encouraging community building.

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