Women and Islam

Islam and Women – Tuesday,17 January 2017 at 11AM
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Alia El Mohandes is a Policy and Gender Advisor for the Office of Civilian-Military Cooperation (CMC), within the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance. She is a career Foreign Service Officer with multiple overseas’ duty tours.
 
As the Senior Gender Advisor, she works to strengthen collaborative planning and operational coherence on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEFE), Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Countering Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) among other related policies between USAID and DoD to identify synergies and potential opportunities with DoD, providing guidance on policy decision-making to better align DoD sector programs and projects with USAID objectives.
 
Dr. El Mohandes joined USAID in 2000 and has experience in both Washington, D.C. and at the missions in Egypt, South Sudan, West Bank/Gaza, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Yemen and Afghanistan. Her last overseas’ posting was as the Senior Gender Advisor at the Afghanistan Mission to establish and manage the biggest agency Gender office to launch and oversee the largest USG’s investment for Women’s Empowerment by implementing the ‘Promote’ development project. Her background includes an in-depth Health sector experience inclusive of Gender and Social and Behavior Change programming for: family planning, reproductive health, maternal child health, nutrition, as well as, HIV/AIDS (PEPFAR), Malaria, TB, non-communicable diseases and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). She has also guided the designs of more resilient programs for Education, Agriculture, micro- to medium economic growth development sectors utilizing cross-cutting programming for Youth with a focus on GEFE, GBV and CTIP.
 
In addition to USAID, she has 18 years’ experience with international NGOs promoting civil society and community mobilization in the Middle East. She has co-published two books on health programming and community outreach: 1) ‘Women and Their Health Issues in the Middle East’; and 2) ‘Strengthening the Skills of the Community Health Worker: A Thousand and One Stories from Arab Communities’.
 
Dr. El Mohandes has a Masters of Public Policy (MPA) from JFK School of Government, Harvard University with a focus on Leadership and Capacity Building. She is a graduate from the School of Medicine, Assuit University, Egypt.
 
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