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Council on Foreign Relations Women and Foreign Policy Update September 2013


Recognizing the Potential of Female Entrepreneurs

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, CFR senior fellow in the Women and Foreign Policy Program, reviews findings published in the inaugural Women's Entrepreneurial Venture (WEVenture) Scope report on women entrepreneurs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Lemmon discusses the growing body of evidence showing that unleashing the potential of women entrepreneurs can spur social and economic development. Examining the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor's recently released 2012 Women's Report, Lemmon also offers insight into why female entrepreneurship rates are still lower than male rates in almost every country in the world. Lemmon moderated an expert panel organized by the Multilateral Investment Fund, a member of the Inter-American Development Bank that celebrated the launch of the report and spurred conversations on the potential of women entrepreneurs. Read the blog post on the Development Channel »


Empowering Women to Help Eliminate Poverty and Hunger

In a Development Channel blog post, Lemmon writes about how investing in small farms is an effective method for improving food security in developing countries, where the vast majority of the world's undernourished population lives. Citing evidence from studies conducted by the World Bank and Asia Development Bank, Lemmon calls attention to the fact that gender barriers often restrict women farmers' ability to access the same resources and training as their male counterparts, a challenge that undermines food security and limits the role that women can play in eliminating hunger. Read the blog post on the Development Channel »


Remembering and Including Women in Egypt

Vogelstein answers an Ask CFR Experts question about how women in Egypt can promote change in their country during its volatile transition. Referencing evidence that ensuring the social, economic, and political status of women stabilizes societies, Vogelstein discusses why the situation for Egyptian women will play a strong role in in determining the country's future. Read the response on »


Eliminating Child Marriage in U.S. Foreign Policy

CFR Fellow Rachel Vogelstein participated in a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) panel on how ending child marriage advances U.S. foreign policy. Vogelstein discussed why eliminating child marriage serves U.S. foreign policy interests, as well as promotes broader international development priorities, while co-panelist Caren Grown, USAID's acting senior coordinator for gender equality and women's empowerment, provided an overview of the U.S. government's strategy for eliminating the practice. Janet Fleischman, senior associate at the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, moderated the discussion. Watch the panel on CSIS »



CFR's Women and Foreign Policy program works with leading scholars to analyze how elevating the status of women and girls advances U.S. foreign policy objectives and to bring the status of women into the mainstream foreign policy debate. Among its areas of focus are global health and education, the role of women in peacekeeping, and women’s economic participation.

Rachel Vogelstein
Director and Senior Fellow, Women and
Foreign Policy Program

Catherine Powell
Fellow, Women and
Foreign Policy Program

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Senior Fellow, Women and
Foreign Policy Program

Hannah Chartoff
Research Associate, Women and
Foreign Policy Program

Valerie Wirtschafter
Research Associate, Women and
Foreign Policy Program


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