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To learn more about women's place in the world in relation to stories on NOW, visit some of the following sites.

The Development GAP
Since 1977, The Development Group for Alternative Policies (The Development GAP) has worked to ensure that the knowledge, priorities and efforts of the women and men of the South inform decisions made in the North about their economies and the environments in which they live. Through collaboration with citizens' organizations overseas, The Development GAP demonstrates practical alternatives to prevailing policies and programs. Also on this site, read articles on "Women Standing Up to Adjustment in Africa", "Gender and Social Dimensions of IMF Policies in Senegal", and "On the Wrong Track: A Summary Assessment of IMF Interventions in Selected Countries".

Education for All: UNESCO Institute for Statistics
The Education for All movement took off at the World Conference on Education for All in 1990. Since then, governments, non-governmental organizations, civil society, bilateral and multilateral donor agencies and the media have taken up the cause of providing basic education for all children, youth and adults. Extensive education statistics are available on this site.

This site from the World Bank describes the organization's work to reduce gender disparities and enhance women's participation in economic development. The site summarizes the issues through articles and examples, provides gender statistics, and facilitates discussion on gender and development.

Millennium Goal 3: "Promote gender equality and empower women"
At the Millennium Summit in September 2000, the states of the United Nations reaffirmed their commitment to working toward a world in which sustaining development and eliminating poverty would have the highest priority. The Millennium Development Goals grew out of the agreements and resolutions of world conferences organized by the United Nations in the past decade. Each goal is presented on this site with explanations and graphs.

Oxfam International
Oxfam International is a confederation of 12 organizations working together in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice. The organizations are strategic funders of development projects, providing relief in times of crisis, and campaigning for social and economic justice. On the Oxfam site, learn about program work and emergency relief projects, as well as the latest news and progress. Also see Oxfam America.

United Nations Development Fund for Women
UNIFEM is the women's fund at the United Nations. It provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programs and strategies that promote women's human rights, political participation and economic security. Within the UN system, UNIFEM promotes gender equality and links women's issues and concerns to national, regional and global agendas by fostering collaboration and providing technical expertise on gender mainstreaming and women's empowerment strategies. Read the UNIFEM Report "Progress of the World's Women 2000".

Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing
A global research and policy analysis network focusing on the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy, WIEGO seeks to improve research and statistics in order to help organizations of informal workers to promote national policies that would directly benefit the working poor. The site explains each of WIEGO's five "Programme Areas" and offers fact sheets that explain the state of the informal economy and the sub-sectors of labor within it. Also on this site, read the article "Women in the Informal Economy".

Women's Edge Coalition
The Women's Edge Coalition organizes for economic, political and social change through education and mobilization on key women's issues around the world. The site features current items listed by region as well as by topic and includes a section devoted to globalization. Also, read the Executive Summary of Women's Edge Coalition's Trade Impact Review.

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