The International Labour Organization (ILO) was founded in 1919 as part of the postwar settlement of World War One. The history of ILO action regarding women in the Global South follows a common trajectory as that of other UN bodies, multilateral initiatives, bilateral aid programs, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Many of the documents in this selection are dated from 1970 to the early 2000s and range from reports on meetings of the African regional committee aiming at the integration of women in development (1983), to analysis of small-scale female enterprise in Bangladesh (2001). There are also publications on women and jobs, including micro-industries, in Latin America and the Caribbean, and seminars on women’s involvement in development programs in India.
This set of curated congressional documents contextualizes US policies on programs offered through the United Nations (UN), as well as non-governmental organizations (NGO), on the status of women. The government documents range from the United States Foreign Assistance Act amendments of 1973—which included the Percy Amendment, first calling on a focus on women in the US development assistance—to the Women's Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act of 2018.
The papers consist of correspondence, lists, maps, memoranda, minutes, newsletters, notes, programs, and reports relating to Dr. Ware’s teaching career, government service, inter-national, civic and professional activities, and research projects. Included are materials relating to women’s issues, ethnic and cultural studies, community development, Latin America, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Washington Urban League, InterAmerican Commission of Women, Overseas Education Fund of the League of Women Voters, the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, worker’s education, health, housing, youth, and social security.
Select bibliography for research on Women and Development in the Global South, compiled by Dr. Jill Jensen with research assistance from Marisol Magana and Eva Murillo.