EDC has a long-standing commitment to prioritizing gender equity. We recognize the persistent, myriad challenges women and girls experience, including gender-based violence, limited access to education, pay gaps, early and forced marriages, and an unequal division of care work. We also recognize that inequitable gender and social norms place pressure on men and boys to drop out of school to support their families financially, join armed groups, and engage in risky behaviors that harm themselves and others.

Around the world, EDC engages educators, health practitioners, government, civic and private-sector leaders, families, and youth to challenge harmful gender stereotypes. Our work creates more equitable, safe, and inclusive systems of health, education, and economic independence.

Whether we are working in the United States or South Africa, we adapt our programs to build on our partners’ strengths, meet their needs, and fit their contexts. We develop teaching and learning materials that promote positive and non-stereotypical gender roles. We work with schools and communities to combat gender-based violence. We collaborate with industry, higher education, and governments to close opportunity gaps and provide all young people with the skills and training they need to thrive.

In all we do, we are committed to building a world where a person’s gender is not a barrier to their education, career path, or quality of life, but it is rather celebrated as a core part of their humanity.

Read "EDC’S Commitments to Gender Equality and Social Inclusion" to learn more about our commitment to gender equity.


This brief outlines EDC’s approach to preventing and responding to school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV).
This study from USAID-funded Honduras Reading Activity (HRA) aimed to answer three key research questions.
This program note summarizes key gender issues in livelihoods and workforce development programs and discusses EQUIP3's approach to addressing gender, using examples from specific EQUIP3 youth projects to illustrate lessons learned.
This robust website includes video-based case studies of six girls as they investigate what it means to be a scientist or engineer. The videos feature girls from underserved groups (minority populations, youth of low socioeconomic status, and those with disabilities), and encourage girls to see the relevance of mathematics and science to possible career paths.
EDC’s Women Veterans in STEM team collaborated with their advisory board to develop this series of white papers. The five papers provide an overview of women veterans’ needs. They focus on strategies to support women veterans’ health and well-being, success in the STEM workforce, completion of STEM education, and transition to civilian life.