Why is Women's Leadership Critical? Addressing and Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls

March 07, 2013 // 3:00pm4:00pm


The Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center, the Embassy of Australia, The Embassy of New Zealand, and the US Department of State present:

Why is Women’s Leadership Critical?

Addressing and Preventing Violence against Women and girls


The Honorable Julie Collins, Australian Minister for the Status of Women

The Honorable Jo Goodhew, New Zealand Minister of Women’s Affairs

Tina Tchen, Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls

Moderated by Dr. Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Wilson Center

Violence against women and girls, both in the private and public sphere, is one of the biggest impediments to women’s agency and human security, and has enormous political, social and economic ramifications, not just for women, but for families, communities, and nations. Such forms of violence include, but are not restricted to, state led violence in times of conflict, sexual violence, and intimate partner violence. Unfortunately, in spite of international commitments and Security Council resolutions, the lives of girls and women around the world are often marked by violence. At the same time, violence against women and girls is now considered a critical public and foreign policy issue, requiring strong alliances between local women’s groups and global movements to press for continued progress around the world.

Speakers will discuss the global imperative of addressing the issue of violence against women and girls, highlighting the important theme of the Fifty-Seventh UN Commission on the Status of Women.

RSVP to Women in Public Service Project at or 202-691-4147. Please include your name and organizational affiliation.

Directions to the Wilson Center:    

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Event Speakers List: 
  • Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls
  • Rangita de Silva de Alwis // Former Director, Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI)
    Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program
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