Margaret Snyder

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Margaret (Peg) Snyder "is the founding director of UNIFEM, and was regional advisor for the UN's Economic Commission for Africa, co-founder of its African Centre for Women and head of its Voluntary Agencies Bureau. She was an international election observer in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania and a Fulbright scholar at Makerere University, Uganda, and currently sits on two international NGO boards. Born in the United States, Dr Snyder received her PhD from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Her most recent books are Transforming Development: Women, Poverty and Politics (a history of UNIFEM), African Women and Development: A History (co-authored with Mary Tadesse) and Women in African Economies: from Burning Sun to Boardroom." [1] [1]

"Margaret C. Snyder (1929-) was founding director of UNIFEM (1978-89), after being regional advisor for the Economic Commission for Africa, co-founder of its African Centre for Women, and head of its Voluntary Agencies Bureau (1971-78). She was an international election observer in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania and continues as senior advisor to the UN and UNDP and on UNIFEM's Assessment Advisory Committee." [2]

"At the end of Snyder's first year in Kenya, she chose to relinquish her deanship at LeMoyne and remained in Africa through 1964. As an adviser on organization and educational projects for the Women's African Commission in Tanganyika, she continued to work with groups in Kenya and Tanganyika, and was a member of the first Kenya and East African Women's Seminars. From 1965-1970 she was the Assistant Director, Programme of Eastern African Studies, the Maxwell School, Syracuse University and consultant to the State University of New York.

"After earning a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 1971, Dr. Snyder accepted her first position with the United Nations as Consultant for the Economic Commission for Africa Regional Programme on Advancement of Women, which she held from 1971-1978. In this position, Snyder went on several missions throughout Africa to assess conditions of women in different countries. During this period she also co-founded the African Training and Research Centre for Women (ATRCW), which laid the foundation for women's programs ( including content, research) and training, across the world.

"In 1978 Dr. Snyder broadened her work and became the Founding Director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), formerly known as the Voluntary Fund for the United Nations Decade for Women. This organization worked not just with women in Africa, but Asia, the Pacific, Latin America, and the Caribbean, creating new programs to help increase the status and education of rural women throughout the world. UNIFEM also worked with other organizations such as Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), Women's World Banking, and the Centre for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs (CSDHA). " [3]

Dr Margaret Snyder has been involved with Tanzania since 1964 when she was advisor to Umoja wa Wanawake for Bibi Titi. [4]

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  1. Directors, Sirleaf Market Women's Fund, accessed August 27, 2008.