4:00 p.m. - 19. Women at the Center: Empowering Rural Women in Ghana and the Ukraine
Friday, November 3 at 4:00 p.m.
Women must be at the center of development, not on the margins. At MEDA, we are committed to achieving gender equality by advancing women’s economic empowerment in all our projects. Learn how Jennifer Denomy and Sara Seavey work to engage rural women in agriculture and harness women’s voices, so that they can make decisions that affect their own lives and their families.
Jennifer will highlight the Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW) project, focusing on improving food security for families in Northern Ghana by assisting women farmers to grow more soybeans and forge market links that will increase incomes. Sara will highlight the Ukraine Horticulture Business Development Project (UHBDP), which is extending and expanding individual firm capability and building capacity, linkages to market, and improving market relationships between market actors for 44,000 women and men.
Jennifer Denomy is MEDA’s Technical Director of Vulnerable Populations, which includes a focus on women, youth and rural populations. She is based in MEDA’s West Africa, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional team.
In this role, she develops and leads MEDA's strategy to promote increased economic inclusion for vulnerable populations. She has expertise in incorporating women and youth into markets, supporting entrepreneurship, promoting financial inclusion and providing training and facilitation. She brings experience in financial inclusion and livelihoods programming in Egypt, Morocco, Uganda, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, El Salvador, Mongolia and Afghanistan. From 2009 to 2012, she was facilitator of the SEEP Network’s Youth Financial Services Practitioner Learning Program, a three year action research project that brought together four microfinance organizations to explore appropriate and accessible financial services for young people. A trained facilitator and curriculum designer, she has twenty years’ experience conducting tailored workshops, training trainers and creating training materials. Prior to joining MEDA, Jennifer worked as the pedagogical manager of a teacher training centre in Germany and a curriculum designer for BRAC’s Non-formal Primary Education Program in Bangladesh. Jennifer holds a Master's degree in Education and International Development from the University of Toronto and an M.A in English Language and Literature from McGill University.
Sara Seavey is a Senior Program Manager for Gender in MEDA’s Cross-Cutting Services team. She oversees the development of women's economic empowerment strategies and implementation of gender equality programming, ensuring technical quality assurance, and building internal capacity of staff and partners. Sara currently supports projects in Tanzania, Kenya, Myanmar, Ethiopia Jordan, Nigeria, Ukraine, Nicaragua, and Ghana.
Prior to joining MEDA, Sara managed complex projects at FHI 360, which focused on the use of digital technology for economic development, which included digital financial inclusion with USAID’s Global Development Lab, and a workforce and career readiness project in Morocco. She has also worked with women entrepreneurs in Cape Town, South Africa and supported international exchange programs between the U.S. and Asia. Sara holds a M.A. in Social Enterprise from American University and a B.A. in International Relations from Connecticut College.