The Bush Institute is working on several initiatives to advance this goal. Our Afghan women’s project is rallying international support to help ensure that women in Afghanistan retain the rights they’ve fought so hard to achieve. The Institute also hosts a fellowship program for 14 to 20 women from a single developing country to help enhance their leadership and networking skills. With this program, we work to make sure fellows pass along their new expertise to their personal networks in order to create a multiplier effect.
The key to addressing the gender gap in the developing world is first to understand its root cause. With smart, targeted policies, local governments and international aid organizations can help women build the networks they need - and ensure women are empowered. Only then can a nation be peaceful and prosperous.
Charity Wallace serves as the director of the Women’s Initiative at the Bush Institute.