In Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam, opportunities for women to be leaders remain relatively scarce. Even within NGOs that focus on women and girls programming, women directors remain a rarity. Fighting against such cultural and societal norms are three women who have become country directors for ChildFund.
The role of a country director is highly sought after in the development space. After reporting on the challenges facing female country directors, Devex was contacted by a number of women who shared obstacles they faced getting a foot in the door — and by others inspired to take a leap and throw their hat into the ring.
Many employees working in the nonprofit sector are women — yet the higher you climb the organizational ladder, the fewer women you see; there is a “glass ceiling” in the international development sector. It’s not as pronounced as in the Fortune 500 or the tech worlds — where higher compensation and prestige translate to men dominating at each step of the corporate ladder — but it’s real.
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