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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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    Roselle AgnerRoselle Agner has nine years of experience implementing development projects with a gender focus, including USAID-funded and private sector-funded projects. She currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Party on the USAID funded Promote: Women in Government project in Afghanistan where she manages efforts to ensure that women’s empowerment efforts are conducted in a culturally sensitive and effective manner. Prior to her role in Afghanistan, Ms. Agner served as the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion practice manager at the Chemonics home office where she assisted projects and project development teams to integrate gender considerations into their activities. In this role, she also managed efforts to promote knowledge sharing, trained staff on gender mainstreaming and served as a technical resource for home- and field-office staff in project gender integration. She started her gender in development work as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan where she worked with a women’s crisis center. Read more

    Ariana Szepesi-ColmenaresAriana Szepesi-Colmenares is a manager with more than eight years of experience working on citizen security and democratic governance in Latin America and the Carinnbea. In her current role, supports new business efforts to design gender-sensitive projects that advance citizen security and democratic governance, in addition to serving as the gender focal point for projects in Latin America. Prior to Chemonics, Ms. Szepesi-Colmenares worked as a citizen security specialist, working closely with governmental institutions, civil society, and other partners. She has experience working in Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.Ms. Szepesi-Colmenares holds a master's degree in Latin American studies from Georgetown University and a master's in international relations and political sciences at Sciences PO Bordeaux in France. Read more

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