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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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    Mina SherzoyMina Sherzoy is an international development practitioner with 25 years of experience in economic empowerment, capacity building, entrepreneurship, and gender equality. Ms. Sherzoy is currently a director in the Afghanistan region and supports a variety of initiatives to promote women's empowerment in Afghanistan. Previously, she served as a technical deputy chief of party and a gender advisor on the Financial Access for Investing in Development of Afghanistan (FAIDA) project in Afghanistan. Prior to joining Chemonics, Ms. Sherzoy held consulting, advising, and project management roles on USAID-funded government and private sector initiatives. In 2015, she successfully launched the first pilot internship program for 20 women in Afghanistan. She has been honored for her humanitarian services by the Afghan president, senate, and ministries, as well as by the former First Lady of the United States, Laura Bush. Ms. Sherzoy holds a bachelor’s degree in business and public administration from the University of Phoenix and an Honorary Degree in Human Letters for her work in Afghanistan. Read more

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