Mary Fontaine is the gender practice lead of JBS International. She is an award-winning technical gender specialist with more than 20 years of residential development experience in the Near East, Middle-East and South Asia. She has lived and worked in director-level positions in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran and Pakistan, and has brought shorter-term technical expertise to programs in East and West Africa, Eastern Europe and the Balkans. She serves on the board of directors for Women for Afghan Women.
Women don't want to be pigeonholed — they're eager to work in a variety of jobs beyond handicraft and other labor-intensive, low-paid options. But is the international development community supporting their plight? A commentary by Mary Fontaine, JBS International's gender practice lead.