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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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    Jill Loran Arriaga MeeksJill Loran Arriaga Meeks is a director in Chemonics’ Education and Youth Practice with more than 20 years of experience in education and international development. She currently manages the Access to Basic Education All Children Reading IDIQ. Prior to Chemonics, Ms. Meeks led education projects in Afghanistan, Jordan, Nigeria, Lebanon, and Mozambique. Her short-term field work has included addressing barriers to education for girls and school-related gender-based violence in Ghana and Malawi and conducting a gender audit for reading materials in Mozambique. Ms. Meeks spent 11 years as a classroom teacher, teaching Spanish as a foreign language and English as a second language. She was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea Bissau, and spent three years at the Peace Corps Headquarters incorporating gender-sensitive programming into projects. Ms. Meeks has a M.A. in international training and education from American University and a B.S. in education from the University of Georgia. Read more

    Christy SiskoChristy Sisko is a program management and economic development specialist with experience in designing and implementing programs around financial services, women’s economic empowerment, investment, sector competitiveness and entrepreneurship. She has worked in in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Nigeria, South Sudan, Vietnam and Thailand. Ms. Sisko currently serves as a technical manager for the USAID Asia and Middle East Economic Growth Best Practice project overseeing implementation for activities related to gender-lens investing, equity investment in the MENA region and entrepreneurship. Previously, she served as manager of the Economic Growth and Trade Practice at Chemonics. Read more

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