CARE video: "Women as Refugees in Intern'l Devel" with Rep. McCollum

Women as Refugees in International Development

Hosted by CARE Action Network, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Global Minnesota March 8, 2016 at the University of Minnesota

Women are key to international development. Numerous studies and experiences of international agencies such as CARE show that empowering women through health care, education, and finance results in better lives for themselves, their families, and communities. But what happens when large numbers of people are uprooted from their homes and social systems by political upheaval and violence? Women, in particular, are prevented from performing the economic and social activities that would otherwise lift their families from poverty, causing further dependence rather than self-sufficiency.

Panel discussion included US Representative Betty McCollum (D - St. Paul) and Reem Khamis, Protection and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Technical Advisor for the American Refugee Committee. Sherry Gray of the Humphrey School was event moderator.

Panelists offered their observations about women as refugees and their involvement or absence in international development and the current political environment.

CARE Action Network (CAN), the public policy arm of CARE, is comprised of over 200,000 volunteer advocates across the U.S. who communicate with legislators about issues critical to the fight against global poverty, learn about upcoming CARE events happening in their community and become part of a global movement standing up for the rights of women, children and poor families around the world. The Humphrey School of Public Affairs inspires leaders to advance the common good in a diverse and changing world. As a top-ranked public policy and planning school situated in a major metropolitan area, we provide students a wide array of skills, expertise, and real-world experience to transform ideas into action. For 60 years, as Minnesota’s Door to the World, the Global Minnesota (formerly Minnesota International Center) has provided rich and varied opportunities for individuals from Minnesota and around the world to serve as citizen diplomats and to gain a deeper understanding of their place in the world community. Travel assistance by Delta Airlines

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