About WI-HER

/About WI-HER
About WI-HER2016-12-28T15:38:13+00:00

WI-HER LLC (Women Influencing Health, Education, and Rule of Law) is a woman-owned small business delivering expert and state-of-the-art practical and workable solutions to complex problems. Staff have extensive knowledge and understanding of public health issues and emerging development needs globally. In addition to gender integration, leadership and management, staff have experience in professional and institutional capacity building and systems strengthening, building information systems for health and rule of law, health and legal sector reform, cultivating public-private partnerships, health financing, grants management, project design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation, and service delivery. Staff have experience working for USAID, UN, the World Bank, and the private sector, directly and as implementing partners. WI-HER has field experience in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Staff have extensive experience working with women and youth, orphans and vulnerable children, hard-to-reach groups, and those in areas of conflict.

Our Mission 

Our mission is to employ an integrated, multi-sectoral approach that links health with education, rule of law, and agriculture to improve outcomes and achieve sustained development, leading to better, healthier lives for women and men, and girls and boys.

Our Vision

Capable Individuals Reaching Further.

Our Approach

  • Central Role : Gender is a cross-cutting thematic area that directly affects development programs and is intrinsically linked to achieving project aims. Our innovative and systematic approach utilizes the science of improvement to address gender and has been proven to aid development and health professionals identify, routinely examine, and effectively address gender-related gaps, barriers, and issues that can impact health, education, rule of law, and other development outcomes and goals.
  • Gender Integration : We promote gender integration through contextualized, adaptable, and systems strengthening methods that can be seamlessly integrated into ongoing and new programs while maximizing benefits. We promote positive changes in discriminatory social norms and practices, and advocate for and operationalize existing gender-related policies in order to promote gender equality and the adoption of healthy and positive behaviors. Our approach results in locally-developed solutions, improved country leadership, an expanded partner base with links to other sectors, and the institutionalization of gender integration at all project levels.
  • Multisectoral Approach : We adopt an integrated, multisectoral approach linking health with education, rule of law, energy, policy, and agriculture to achieve improved outcomes. Understanding that gender gaps, barriers, and opportunities are intimately tied to local cultures and practices, gender-related changes cannot be successful without involving a local voice and we work closely with diverse local partners from many sectors to ensure local input, leadership, and ownership of gender activities. By integrating gender at multiple levels and across sectors, we successfully identify and design gender-sensitive, locally tailored solutions that are acceptable, sustainable, and effective at the local, national, and policy levels.
  • Capacity Building : We employ country-led, systems strengthening, and adaptive learning techniques that strengthen our partners’ capacity and enable institutionalization at all levels. Understanding that our local partners serve as voices and gatekeepers for their communities, we believe in building local rapport to help us facilitate gender-related improvements. Key to ensuring that programmatic gains are maintained effectively and sustainably, we work to formalize gender-related improvements institutionally while conducting local partner capacity building trainings to enshrine localized leadership. Our emphasis on institutionalizing gender signals to local partners, development practitioners, and healthcare providers that gender is a central to achieving project aims.