This Saturday, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. Supporting and empowering women and girls are fundamental to the work of DSW, something which new strive to achieve every day.

To celebrate this, and the continuing contribution that women have made to DSW’s work, we are giving over the blog every day to members of DSW to talk about the importance of ‘Women working in Development’

 

Today, we give the floor to Anne Hradsky, Advocacy Coordinator for Global Health R&D at DSW Brussels.

 

Tell us a little about yourself – who are you and what is your role at DSW?

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I’m a 28-year old German national working in the DSW’s Brussels office as Advocacy Coordinator for Global Health R&D. I have a strong background in European Affairs, studied in Germany, Czech republic and Belgium and have been working at the European Commission and an Association of Legal Protection Insurers prior to my engagement at DSW.

 

What excites you most about your work at DSW?

I am excited about the prospect of contributing to eradicating a number of viscous infectious diseases of poverty that add to the enormous burden of disease and exacerbate impoverishment of individuals, families, and communities.

 

In your view, how have women shaped the global development arena?

Women have added a key perspective to the development cooperation discourse. Key because because women are 70 percent of the world’s poor; not least because unwanted pregnancies keep them from being healthy and acquiring education. Women comprise two-thirds of the global illiterate population and all women face additional hurdles to their economic and social well-being, including the pay gap and the fact that women are much more likely to hold vulnerable jobs. (source: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/poverty/news/2013/03/11/56097/gender-equality-and-womens-empowerment-are-key-to-addressing-global-poverty/ )

 

Who is your biggest role model?

I have great respect for all female political leaders who have beaten the odds by positioning themselves on the top of largely man-dominated politics.

 

How will you be marking International Women’s Day this year?

I will be commemorating the great efforts of all women’s rights leaders which allowed me to live an empowered life today.

 

Keep following the DSW Blog for continued updates as we celebrate International Women’s Day all week!