WEI Comments on the USAID 2020 Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy Draft

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has drafted the 2020 Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy and has solicited comments from organizations including WEI before it is finalized. Although USAID has indicated that this policy is undergoing review and revision, to date a revised policy has not been issued to this more than twenty-three year old policy.

According to USAID, “the Policy will affirm USAID’s vision of a prosperous and peaceful world in which women and girls, and men and boys enjoy equal economic, social, cultural, civil, and political rights and are equally empowered to secure better lives for themselves, their families, their communities, and their countries. USAID achieves greater and more sustainable development outcomes by integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment throughout our work.”

WEI’s comments on The Policy serve to reiterate to USAID that the inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in the implementation of The Policy is required by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s 1997 USAID Disability Policy Paper, which requires the inclusion and active participation of people with disabilities in USAID-funded programs and activities.

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