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Gender Equality and Social Inclusion

Ensuring projects are designed and managed to promote gender equity and inclusion
At Chemonics, we care about improving lives globally. So we work to design and implement inclusive projects, taking into account how gender-based differences may affect program impacts. And we draw from our experience with cultures in 150 countries around the world. Our projects integrate factors like age, geographic location, ethnic and religious identities, sexual identity, and socio-economic status, because we know that they profoundly influence the impact of a project. Our network of over 4,000 specialists is committed to upholding Chemonics’ global goals to advance gender equity and equality through our work around the world.
 
 

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With our commitment to gender mainstreaming, we integrate gender into a multitude of different sectors — from climate change to legislative reform to natural resource management. We understand the unique role that gender plays in human trafficking, disability, minority and vulnerable populations, and the, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, and we design and implement activities that respond to the needs of individuals in these groups.
 
Gender Analysis and Assessments: We use gender analysis and assessments to examine the roles, rights, and responsibilities of men and women and the obstacles, opportunities, and choices available to them in a given society and within a given sector. We work with donor groups, nongovernmental organizations, and government agencies working with gender issues, building on their successes and identifying gender-knowledgeable partners.
 
Institutional Audits and Policy Reform: We work with government and nongovernmental institutions to audit systems and services to ensure they are sensitive to gender and issues of concern to women and girls. Our analysis aims to ensure legal, educational, political, and economic equity in these institutions. Based on the audit, we recommend policy reform and improvements.
 
Integrating Gender into Broader Development Efforts: Gender is a crosscutting variable that Chemonics takes into account in all development sectors. The gender practice designs program interventions, monitoring and evaluation tools, and training, and maintains a reporting and communications system that disseminates lessons learned, good practices, and effective strategies to ensure that gender-based differences are considered in all types of development projects.
 
Land and Resource Rights: Women often face laws and practices that prevent them from owning or inheriting land. Secure tenure and resource rights can empower women to exert influence within households and take steps to protect their health, security, and dignity. Learn more about our cross-cutting work in land and resource rights.
 
 


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    Kelly CronenKelly Cronen has 15 years of experience managing international development projects covering human trafficking, women's empowerment, community development, and youth civic engagement in Eastern Europe and Afghanistan. She also has experience protecting vulnerable groups, assisting in victim rehabilitation, and working with youth and local communities at the grassroots level and working on civil society development programs. Ms. Cronen is currently the director of the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Practice, and also serves as the gender and outreach advisor for projects in Afghanistan and Vietnam. She previously served as chief of party on a Washington D.C.-based anti-trafficking project and as a technical representative on a USAID bilateral anti-trafficking program. Ms. Cronen has previously worked in Albania, Afghanistan, Armenia, Bulgaria, Guatemala, Kosovo, Mexico, Moldova, Somalia, Slovakia, Tanzania and Ukraine. Read more

    Catherine MaldonadoCatherine Maldonado is a public health nutrition specialist with more than twelve years of experience working in project design, management, gender mainstreaming, and monitoring and evaluation in Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East. In Nigeria, Ms. Maldonado designed, managed, and evaluated an integrated livelihood and nutrition activity targeting women from food insecure households. She oversaw a support activity that built the capacity of caregivers of orphans and vulnerable children to improve nutrition of their households with fortified food supplements. Ms. Maldonado also has experience designing and managing M&E tools for health and agriculture projects in Nepal, Nigeria, and the West Bank. She holds a master’s degree in international public health nutrition from the University of Westminster and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Loyola College in Maryland. Read more

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