Women Around the World

Women Around the World examines the relationship between the advancement of women and U.S. foreign policy interests, including prosperity and stability.

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Seaweed farmer Nyafu Juma Uledi tends her crop in tidal pools near the village of Bwejuu on Zanzibar island, Tanzania, December 2, 2007. Local women have earned a degree of financial independence by farming seaweed in Zanzibar. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Banking on the Future – Moms Learn From Their Daughters

Sometimes children are the best teachers. That is the case when it comes to financial services for women in Tanzania. In the capital of Dar es Salam, NMB has been teaching students about why access to banking services matters. And these students, in turn, have been teaching their moms about the power of saving. Read More

December 4, 2017

Women’s Rights Reforms in Tunisia Offer Hope

The Arab Spring fostered hope for democratic reforms across the Middle East and North Africa region. Few of these hopes have come to fruition, with political violence, suppression of dissenting voices, and economic turmoil marking the region, rather than the political and economic reforms that had once seemed possible. In the realm of women’s rights, however, we are seeing slow progress.

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November 28, 2017

Women and Women's Rights
Eliminating Violence Against Women

This week marks the United Nations' Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, when the United Nations, partner organizations, and governments around the world galvanize attention to gender-based violence starting on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25). Learn more about how violence against women relates to U.S. foreign policy interests, including stability and prosperity, through these six publications from the Women and Foreign Policy program.

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November 27, 2017

Women and Economic Growth
Discriminatory Laws Cost the Middle East Billions of Dollars Annually

As families work tirelessly to increase their income, and nations drive ever harder to spur economic growth, it can be easy to overlook the fact that the secret to growth may be hidden in plain sight. Saudi Arabia realized it when trying to end its “addiction to oil.”

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