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Director, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Afghanistan Regional Business Unit Dr. Susanne E. Jalbert

Dr. Susanne E. Jalbert is a gender equity advocate, economic development activist, and a women’s rights political strategist with more than 25 years of experience. She currently serves as a director in Chemonics’ Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Afghanistan region, and previously served as chief of party on the USAID Promote: Women in Government (WIG) project. As a veteran global activist, Dr. Jalbert has employed economic development as an essential tool towards a more equitable and safe life. Living at the nexus of conflict and development by working with USAID, she has served as a diplomat in Afghanistan, Herat Consulate, business services director in Iraq, and senior advisor in developing, transitioning, and conflicting economies. Dr. Jalbert also determines, directs, and designs strategic policy models at the national, regional, and international level for economic escalation for the equitable inclusion of women into growing economies. To date, she has assisted on more than 90 assignments in 50 countries across four continents. Dr. Jalbert holds a master’s and Ph.D. in education and human resources from Colorado State University and a B.A. in management from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California.

by Dr. Susanne E. Jalbert

For the Women of Afghanistan, Peace with the Taliban May Not End the War

This post originally appeared on Devex. On August 14, while traveling back to Kabul from a meeting in Afghanistan’s northern Parwan province, Fawzia Koofi was the target of an assassination attempt. Though she was not seriously wounded and though the Taliban denied responsibility, the attack demonstrated what is at stake for Afghanistan’s women as peace…

The Power of a Picture: Elevating Women’s Voices through Art

The global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign calls for the elimination of all forms of gender-based violence (GBV). It takes place every year between November 25 and December 10, culminating on Human Rights Day. Human Rights Day celebrates universal rights — including the rights to life, liberty, and security — that are…

Facilitating Gender Equitable Policy Reform: Four Principles

Policy reform and implementation are always a challenge for donors and implementing partners. In transitional states, this process is even more complicated by shifting incentives and priorities. A facilitative approach can overcome these challenges. We have witnessed this in Afghanistan, where the right balance of coordination and direct technical assistance is accelerating reforms to promote…

Empowering Women and Cultivating Equitable Governance in Afghanistan

Afghanistan ranks near the bottom of virtually every index measuring gender equality and empowerment. Women continue to struggle for basic rights, including gender parity in health care, education, economic opportunities, social inclusion, and political participation. Amidst a deteriorating security situation, political instability surrounding upcoming national elections, and economic volatility that is a product of both,…

Remembering the 1995 4th UN Conference on Women

To honor the 20th Anniversary of the UN 4th World Conference on Women and the NGO Forum on Women, Jalbert Consulting takes a look at the lived experiences of participants in both events.

Abandonment of Past, Fragility of Today and Sustainability of Tomorrow: Moving WPS Equity Forward

In an essay published by NATO's Secretary General's Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, Dr. Susanne E. Jalbert, Aimal Hakim, Robert Lord-Biggers, Nargis Nehan, and Natalie Trogues provide recommendations for moving forward the UN Security Council’s Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security in Afghanistan.