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Gender Equity and Post-Conflict Resolution:
Comparing Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and Rwanda

April 12, Ithaca Campus

The Gender and Global Change Program presents a lecture by

Judy Benjamin
Center for Gender Equity Project Director
Academy of Education Development (AED),
Washington, DC

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Venue: Room 280 Doherty Lounge - Ives Hall

Dr. Benjamin will discuss her on-going work with international and community based organizations in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, and Rwanda, where she has worked for over the last 10 years.  She will focus particularly on the gender implications of recovery efforts and coping strategies, including the way that international interventions ameliorate or exacerbate gender inequality.
Dr. Benjamin has nearly 20 years of experience as a development professional working with people adversely affected by social and natural upheavals including war, HIV/AIDS and natural disasters.  Her experience spans the African countries of Botswana, Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, as well as a number of other countries throughout the world.  Her work emphasizes the impact of such disasters on women, and particularly the strengthening of women's role in post-conflict societies through civil society and various community-based mechanisms.
With a PhD in anthropology, Dr. Benjamin is an expert at rapid social assessments, project design and strategic planning, participatory appraisals, and other state-of-the-art anthropological and social science research methods.

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