Margaret E. Greene,
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For twenty years Margaret Greene has worked on the social and cultural determinants of health, development policy and gender. Her research has guided many organizations’ work in the gender equality and development space. Most recently (in 2020) she developed the gender road map for the Global Financing Facility. She led the development of Save the Children’s Gender Equality and Girls’ Empowerment Strategy. She provided technical input and guidance on child marriage directly to The Elders at an early stage in their thinking, and then supported their foundation as it took steps to establish Girls Not Brides. She authored the background paper for DFID that helped shape the 2014 Girl Summit on child marriage and FGM. She supported the Office of First Lady Michelle Obama as her team developed their thinking about the obstacles that stand in the way of girls’ education. She conducted a gender assessment of MARS, Inc’s cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire and generated a plan of action for engaging women more equitably. Margaret Greene is Executive Director of GreeneWorks, a consulting group working to integrate responses to social inequality into health and development. She received a PhD in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in linguistics from Yale University.
Prior to working with Iris and continuing now, Margaret has been a thought leader on a variety of gender-related topics. She played a significant role in researching and shaping the Lancet series on gender equality, gender norms and health. Her gender and evaluation experience includes leading gender assessments in Ethiopia, India, and Mozambique; evaluating a large grant on child marriage research to the World Bank and the International Center for Research on Women for the Child Investment Fund Foundation; and being contracted by the World Bank Inspection Panel to investigate suspected child abuse and gender-based violence on a large road project in Uganda, work which led to the termination of World Bank funding for that project.
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