Policy Seminar

U.S. Foreign Policy and Rural Women

A Gender Integration Approach to Diplomacy and Development
Jul 16, 2010 - 12:15 pm to 01:45 pm EDT

The U.S. Department of State and USAID have made gender equality a priority in their development and diplomacy efforts. As a flagship initiative, Feed the Future is an example of how this priority is being operationalized through policies and investments targeting rural women.

This seminar will provide an overview of the Obama administration’s new concerted diplomacy and development efforts and their implication for rural women. The seminar will also explore the new direction of the policy dialogue and what the development community can do to ‘go beyond the rhetoric’ on gender integration, and translate policy commitments into action on the ground. Particular focus will be placed on the challenges associated with implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.

Cindy Huang is Senior Advisor for Feed the Future.

Wenchi Yu is Policy Advisor of the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues in the U.S. Department of State.

Rajul Pandya-Lorch is Head of IFPRI’s 2020 Vision Initiative and Chief of Staff of the Director General’s Office.