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New RTI Center Studies Gender And Imbalances Of Power Globally

A picture of women in Africa.
RTI International

RTI International has recently created a Global Gender Center to study and find solutions for imbalances of power against women around the world.

Wendee Wechsberg directs the new organization and is doing field work in South Africa. She said many universities have researchers who study individual communities but the Global Gender Center will work to connect those experts. Priority issues include HIV, domestic violence and economic development.

'What I'm trying to create is a network so people know each other.' - Wendee Wechsberg

"Some people work in education. Some people work in justice and empowerment, have set up rape crisis centers in different countries," Wechsberg said. "So that they've already done different kinds of interventions, but never enough. Many people have been siloed. And what I'm trying to create is a network so people know each other."

Wechsberg said she hopes to organize an international conference where experts in gender-imbalance issues can share ideas.

Rebecca Martinez produces podcasts at WUNC. She’s been at the station since 2013, when she produced Morning Edition and reported for newscasts and radio features. Rebecca also serves on WUNC’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) Committee.
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