February 20, 2013 ‐ By Kimberly Maul
part of Social Media Week New York. Speakers included Scott MacMillan, communications manager for BRAC USA; Farzana Kashfi, the former senior manager of the education program at BRAC Bangladesh; Lynne Patterson, co-founder of Pro Mujer; and Christen Brandt, director of international operations for She’s the First. The event was hosted by the BRAC Task Force NYC. All the organizations focus on educating and empowering women in countries around the world, including Bolivia, Bangladesh, Uganda, Mexico, Guatemala, and more. MacMillan spoke about the situation in Bangladesh after its independence in the ‘70s, highlighting how the landless people had no relationships, no networks, and therefore no power. But, that the situation shifted when NGOs and organizations, like BRAC, which launched in Bangladesh in 1972, worked to organizing the rural poor, mainly women.
helped by Pro Mujer.
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