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  • Opportunity Collaboration

    Ixtapa, Mexico
    October 12 - 17

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    Join a global network of leaders dedicated to building sustainable solutions to poverty.
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  • World Pulse Events

    This fall, three amazing women from the World Pulse community will travel to New York, Portland, and San Francisco to speak out on global stages and at influential forums. Their stories from Tibet, Nigeria, and the U.S. will touch hearts and minds as they demonstrate the power of digital technology in changing lives and creating solutions to today's most pressing issues.

    We invite you to follow along on our tour, and join us in person!

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  • Ripple Effect Images

    Help a Woman, Help the Planet!
    August 3, 2014

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    n the High Andean Plateau of Peru, climate extremes have taken a toll on livestock and the farm families that depend on them. Ripple partner CARE trains women farmers, like Lourdes Pilco, in animal nutrition and basic veterinary skills. 

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  • Freedom from Hunger

    FOR YOU: A Necessity
    FOR HER: A Luxury
    July 2014

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    Reading is an essential part of our daily lives. From road signs, to work and personal correspondence to pleasure reading, it's easy to forget how heavily we rely on our ability to read.

    In many parts of the world, people are too poor to learn to read. If they are able to attend school, many must leave after only a few years in order to work so they can feed themselves and their families.

    In Burkina Faso, the literacy rate for people over the age of 15 was a stunning 28.7% as recently as 2012. [UNICEF]

    Without the ability to read, it is difficult for women to learn about health and hygiene, maintain an income and save for the future.

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Expand Your Knowledge Of Global Women's Issues


Global Horizons for Women includes multiple ways that we women can engage in this effort, depending on our interests.  We’ve aggregated information on some of the most effective NGOs working with women, resources for learning about issues and solutions, ways to engage including opportunities for contributions, investment, advocacy with Congress and U.S. foreign aid and trade agencies and pro bono consulting/volunteering.  We will also include travel options, relevant conferences, presentation materials for spreading awareness, networking and social media connections, comments and photos from women who have been involved in such activities and an on-line book club. 

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One of the best resources for learning about women's issues in the developing world is the


ICRW's mission is to empower women, advance gender equality and fight poverty in the developing world. To accomplish this, ICRW works with partners to conduct empirical research, build capacity and advocate for evidence-based, practical ways to change policies and programs.

ICRW is a global research institute with headquarters in Washington, D.C., and regional offices in Nairobi, Kenya, and New Delhi, India. We work in 30 countries with nearly 120 partners.  Our research evidence identifies women’s contributions as well as the obstacles that prevent them from being economically strong and able to fully participate in society. ICRW translates these insights into a path of action that honors women’s human rights, ensures gender equality and creates the conditions in which all women can thrive.

ICRW comprises social scientists, economists, public health specialists and demographers, all of whom are experts in gender relations. We are thought leaders driven by a passion to alleviate poverty and rectify injustice in the world. And we believe that women and girls – in collaboration with men and boys – are essential to the solutions. We know that when their quality of life improves, families are healthier and economies are stronger. - a full list of areas of research - research publications on multiple topics re women - what you can do  - map and a searchable database

President:  Sarah Degnan Kambou

1120 20th St NW, Suite 500 North, Washington, D.C. 20036

Tel: 202.797.0007
Fax: 202.797.0020
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Country Profiles – U.S. State Department

US State Department country background notes

Another source for background on countries

Cross Cultural Information – National Peace Corps Association

Peace Corps Cultural Training Workbook

Peace Corps Diversity & Cross Cultural Issues by Country




If you are interested in keeping up with microfinance professional news a good resource is MicroCapital Monitor: