Young women are increasingly being drawn to pursue careers in the nonprofit sector. For those interested in international relief and development, they must often work in areas where women are not expected to take on leadership roles. Several female directors and managers in the field share their thoughts on the influx of young women into the relief and development community.
It’s no secret that women in relief and development face many challenges. Under-represented in leadership and, at times, constrained by the cultural environments in which they work, it is forgivable for some women to feel as though they are at a disadvantage. However, more and more women are defying stereotypes and taking leadership and management positions in the field, or in their own communities. These women do not wish to be seen as doing their job better than men, but wish to have the same chance as their male peers to improve their world. In this issue, we examine how women all over the world are working with their colleagues and neighbors to realize a more just world.