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Council on Foreign Relations Women and Foreign Policy Update
July 26, 2012

Data for Development

Closing the Gender Data Gap

"The power of technology to help gather data and keep women safe matters," argues CFR Fellow Gayle Lemmon in her closing remarks at the event "Evidence and Impact," cohosted by Gallup and the U.S. State Department. The event also featured a keynote by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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Mobile Innovations Can Increase Accountability

CFR Senior Fellow Isobel Coleman and research associate Ashley Harden in World Politics Review argue that data collected through mobile phone technology can increase the responsiveness and accountability of governments and aid agencies regarding the needs and concerns of vulnerable populations, particularly women. Read the Article »

Security and Stability in Fragile States

Promoting Entrepreneurship in Vulnerable Economies

In a Harvard Business Review blog, Lemmon discusses the importance of adopting a comprehensive approach to skills training for entrepreneurs in conflict and postconflict zones. Read the Blog Post »

Election Results in Libya a Boon for Women

In an interview for the Daily News Egypt, Coleman argues that the Libyan election was a "clear victory for women," as women won roughly 8 percent of parliamentary seats. Read the Article »

It's the Economy... Even in Afghanistan

On's AfPak Channel, Lemmon examines the relationship between economic growth in Afghanistan and security in the United States. Read the Article »

Execution of Afghan Woman Mobilizes Activists

In the Daily Beast, Lemmon says that the Taliban's execution of an Afghan woman accused of adultery has galvanized women's rights activists in Afghanistan. Read the Article »

Public Health Matters

Access to Family Planning Saves Lives

In a blog post about the London Summit on Family Planning, Coleman argues that "there are few more cost-effective, lifesaving interventions than family planning, and it's about time more attention and resources are put toward it." Read More on Democracy in Development »

China’s Should Revise Its Population Policy

In a discussion on Asia Unbound, CFR Senior Fellow for global health Yanzhong Huang and senior research scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University Edwin A. Winckler agree that China should rethink its reproductive policies. Read More on Asia Unbound »

Gender in the Workplace

We Need to Tell Girls They Can Have It All (Even If They Can't)

Lemmon writes in the Atlantic that girls and women need more encouragement—especially from other women—to aim for the top and stay there. Read the Article »

Issues and Innovations in Global Economic Development

Interact with CFR experts on the new Development Channel, as they highlight big debates, promising approaches, and new research and thinkers addressing opportunity and exclusion in the global economy. Check Out the Channel.



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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