women empowerment

June 28, 2016

Connecting the dots: Creating an inclusive digital ecosystem in Bangladesh

In April, BRAC, Access to Information (a2i), fhi360, USAID and IFMR LEAD jointly organised an event named ‘Digital financial inclusion: Innovations from Bangladesh’ to invite local stakeholders to discuss their experiences and emerging solutions (see a recent write-up by IMFR LEAD summarising the event).
February 20, 2013

Real world social networks: Powering the girl effect

"People are poor because they are powerless," says BRAC Founder and Chairperson Sir Fazle Hasan Abed. But power isn't necessarily a zero-sum game. It takes work, but you can create it, because power comes from relationships and you can give people a safe space (or as some say a platform) to create and strengthen real world social networks they might not otherwise have time or space to build.
February 15, 2013

A billion thanks

Yesterday from the Philippines to Dhaka to South Sudan to New York City, BRAC staff, volunteers, clients, interns and supporters participated in One Billion Rising, which invited women and those who love them around the world to "WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND" an end to violence against women.
January 28, 2013

A dividend from investing in girls? World Bank blogger (and previous skeptic) weighs in

Last year, independent researchers from London School of Economics, University College London, and the World Bank completed a two-year impact assessment of a girls’ empowerment program in Uganda, Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA), one of the components of a partnership between BRAC and The MasterCard Foundation. 
September 17, 2012

Driving Miss Bangladeshis

We are currently in the midst of an important week for BRAC’s Road Safety Programme, in particular its newest, most attention-drawing, yet perhaps most potent component for bringing about social change – the BRAC Driving School
June 21, 2012

A league of extraordinary women

Yesterday, in honor of BRAC's work with women all over the world, BRAC USA president and CEO Susan Davis was listed in Fast Company's League of Extraordinary Women. The award focuses on BRAC's partnership with the MasterCard Foundation in Uganda.
April 18, 2012

Honor your mother, change a life

Mother's Day is about being thankful for one of the most important women in your life: your mother. She gave birth to you (one of the most dangerous things a woman can do), fed you, clothed you, and made sure you went to school (and did your homework), among many other things.
March 8, 2012

In Bangladesh, the end of early marriage and sexual harassment is possible in one generation

Girls of today are the future for tomorrow. Positive change for development will only be possible if we can empower girls by providing enough skills, education and security as well as by creating a conducive environment. BRAC has long been working for social inclusiveness for deprived people and empowerment of the poor within a broader area.
March 5, 2012

Celebrate International Women’s Day with BRAC USA

Come celebrate International Women's Day with us on Thursday, March 8! Join Susan Davis and BRAC USA for a breakfast discussion of girls' and women's empowerment initiatives at the Asia Society moderated by David Bornstein of The New York Times.
February 24, 2012

Empowering Rural Women Through the International Fashion Industry

On Thursday, February 24, Richa Agarwal, BRAC USA’s project manager for Aarong, spoke on a panel at the Fashion Institute of Technology's guest lecture series, Creating Sustainable Futures: Women’s Empowerment through the International Fashion Industry.
July 26, 2010

Empowering Women and Children for Global Health at Star Island’s 2010 International Affairs Conference

On Monday, I had the opportunity to speak at Star Island’s 2010 International Affairs Conference on the rock shoal of Star Island off the coast of New Hampshire. It was a very moving experience as I got the chance to interact with a unique group of people -- generations of families who have been traveling to Star Island for years, enthusiastically learning new things from leading academics and practitioners working in international development in a relaxing and beautiful natural environment.This year, the Conference focused on “Empowering Women and Children for Global Health” with a focus on the growing perspective that the world’s health care challenges can be met by promoting and empowering women and children. Along with Donna Barry of Partners in Health, Ann Cotton of CAMFED and other experts in the field, I was asked to share my experiences about social entrepreneurship, microfinance and the empowerment of women. While the participants had read Kristof and WuDunn’s Half the Sky and Mortenson’s Three Cups of Tea, most of this learned audience had not yet heard of BRAC and its remarkable story and holistic approach to development. They were interested to know about Ian Smillie’s book on BRAC, Freedom From Want, as well as my new book, Social Entrepreneurship, co-authored with David Bornstein (and even carried it in their bookstore on the island!).