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There are two aspects involved in making positive change on gender issues: the technocratic and the political.
Is the development community getting the balance of these two right? Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar posed this question to Melanne Verveer, executive director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown University.
The question reminded Verveer of how important persuasion is. In fact, the persuasive case — based on data rather than subject matter — is what will get leaders’ attention
“It’s not been easy, frankly, persuading some of the top decision makers that they should invest in women and girls,” Verveer said.