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International Women's Day: Women in Development

Women and children in Indonesia

Thursday, March 8 is International Women's Day and this year's UN theme for the day is "Empower Rural Women—End Hunger and Poverty."

At the Brookings Global Economy and Development program, my colleagues and I analyze different aspects of development and the fight to end global poverty. Empowering women and girls by providing them access to good quality education and learning opportunities is a critical part of my research and the broader challenge to end poverty in developing countries.

In honor of International Women's Day, we have put together a few short videos on the theme of "Women in Development." We will be posting one video a day until International Women's Day on March 8.

In each video, a different Brookings scholar discusses how issues of gender impact global development and poverty. We also answer some personal questions, such as "what woman has inspired us most" and "what has been the biggest challenge we have faced related to our gender."

We hope that you will find these videos as useful contributions to this year’s celebration of International Women’s Day.

– Rebecca Winthrop


Anne Kamau:



Pamhidzayi Berejena Mhongera:



Mwangi Kimenyi:



Katherine Sierra:



Rebecca Winthrop: