USAID Sets Up New Gender Office

Palmira Lando, a resident and businesswomen in Cacongo, Angola, supplies fresh fruit and vegetable produce to local and cross-border markets. The U.S. Agency for International Development has transformed its Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Trade's Women in Development Office into a new Office of Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment to serve women like Lando. Photo by: ACDI-VOCA

The U.S. Agency for International Development has transformed its Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Trade’s Women in Development Office into a new Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, according to USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah. 

The new gender office will focus on supporting female entrepreneurship, women’s ownership of key assets like land and housing, and the reduction of the gender gap in accessing technology and infrastructure, Shah said in a statement

USAID’s  Bureau of Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance will now be directly in charge of efforts to combat gender-based violence and human trafficking, Shah added. 

Shah also announced that Carla Koppell will now be USAID’s new senior coordinator for gender equality and women’s empowerment. Koppell most recently served as director of the Institute for Inclusive Security and the Washington office of the Hunt Alternatives Fund.

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