About the RTI Global Gender Center

"Millions of women around the world are still facing inequality, injustice, and victimization while holding down the burden of everyday life," said Wendee Wechsberg, Ph.D., director of the RTI Global Gender Center. "There is a movement underway to focus on gender at multiple levels, including education, health, policy, and research. But this movement is in its nascence and is still fragmented and territorial among institutions. We formed this center to offer a united global front to address gender inequities."

The goal of the center is to foster collaboration by building a network of multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary scientists, program evaluators, and technical assistance staff whose work has focused on gender-based issues and interventions.

The RTI Global Gender Center brings together experts from across numerous disciplines including health policy; substance abuse; HIV, sexual and reproductive health; education and economic development; and gender-based violence.

The center also includes a global network of prestigious external affiliates who are internationally known gender scientists and leaders of institutes for women. Through its global network, the center aims to cross-pollinate expertise and build collaborations that will foster new research with the potential to significantly influence practice and policy to improve gender inequities globally.

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Meet the Director

Wendee Wechsberg, PhD

Wendee Wechsberg, PhD, is the Director of the RTI Global Gender Center and the Director of Substance Use, Gender, and Applied Research.

She has been an applied community-based and gender NIH researcher since 1994, and has more than 20 years of clinical experience.  She has also directed outpatient drug-free, methadone, and residential substance abuse treatment programs.

Meet the Associate Director

Ana Perez, Associate Director of the RTI Global Gender Center, is a committed gender equity advocate, and dynamic global business leader that brings over 20 years of experience in the development and private sectors and nine years of direct experience on gender issues in the energy sector.

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition.