The Wilson Center and Women's Rights
Oct 14, 2014
"Islamic State militants crossed a last possible boundary of decency by citing the Quran as authority for the barbarism they have been practicing against women. Equally disturbing, Arab leaders and the ulama, the clerical leaders of Islam, have been silent in the face of this effrontery," writes Haleh Esfandiari. more
Sep 25, 2014
"You should focus on 50% of the population, which is women, and see what is happening to them. You should mention them, you should have the courage to say 'yes this is done to our women; this is done to our sisters, daughters, wives...'" said Haleh Esfandiari. more
"Islamic State militants crossed a last possible boundary of decency by citing the Quran as authority for the barbarism they have been practicing against women. Equally disturbing, Arab leaders and the ulama, the clerical leaders of Islam, have been silent in the face of this effrontery," writes Haleh Esfandiari.
"You should focus on 50% of the population, which is women, and see what is happening to them. You should mention them, you should have the courage to say 'yes this is done to our women; this is done to our sisters, daughters, wives...'" said Haleh Esfandiari.
"As Washington teams up with autocratic regimes–some of which notoriously use the cover of their faith to justify unfair policies–the United States may have credibility problems among the very people it hopes to help," writes Robin Wright.
"Arab and Muslim governments, vocal on the threat ISIS poses to regional stability, have been virtually silent on ISIS’s systemic degradation, abuse, and humiliation of women," writes Haleh Esfandiari.
Jun 05, 2013
On April 25, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholar’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI), UN Women, and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Tunisia convened a Regional Strategic Roundtable on “Women’s Participation: The Making...
Jun 05, 2013
Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative, Rangita de Silva de Alwis, recently spoke at a UCLA School of School of Law’s Journal of International Affair symposium titled “Building BRICS: Human Rights in Today’s Emerging Economic Power.”...
Dec 20, 2012
A delegate from the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) at the Global Women's Leadership Initiative (GWLI), Lamaan Sabri Mejlli, was recently appointed as the adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister in Iraq. This is an honor that not many young...
Dec 19, 2012
Dr. Soe Win, a delegate from the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) training institute in December 2011, has used WPSP training materials to develop a two-month training program for women in political parties and civil society in Myanmar. During...
Dec 19, 2012
Dr. Nyo Nyo Thinn, a delegate at the Inaugural Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Summer Institute at Wellesley College, presented her plan on Proportional Representation (PR) in the Yangon Parliament in Myanmar on July 19, 2012. Thinn...
Dec 19, 2012
A Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) delegate and mentee, Rim Hajj (Morocco), describes how the WPSP Wellesley Institute impacted her life personally and professionally.
Rabat Strategic Roundtable - Strategies to Advance Women’s Political Participation and Public Service in the Arab Region: An Agenda for Change
Dec 19, 2012
The Global Women's Leadership Initiative (GWLI) and the Wellesley Centers for Women partnered with the Ministry of the Interior in Rabat, Morocco to convene a conference on women’s leadership in late November.
Dec 18, 2012
On November 13, 2012, the Wilson Center and the Finnish Embassy hosted a breakfast meeting for the diplomatic corps of Washington D.C. at the Finnish Embassy. The breakfast was attended by ambassadors and representatives from 31 countries, along...
Dec 18, 2012
The fall of 2012 has been an exciting time for the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI) at the Wilson Center.
Dec 18, 2012
Smith College led a Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) symposium in Paris in October in collaboration with the French Ministry of Women’s Affairs on the topic of global health issues and how women’s leadership can make a difference in this field.
September 30, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
In I Was Not Alone, Fouzia Saeed tells the story of working women’s struggles in Pakistan. Forming a movement called AASHA, she and hundreds of others dared to challenge the nation’s behavior toward working women. This movement led the whole country to stand together against sexual harassment in the workplace, and resulted in the passage of legislation protecting women’s rights.
July 30, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
In July, thousands of people attended the 20th International AIDS Conference and the 2014 Girls Summit to work towards an AIDS-free generation and ending child and forced marriage. But such attention is rare; by and large, these girls are invisible to development efforts.
July 24, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:30am
On Thursday, July 24, 2014, Wilson Center’s Africa Program co-sponsored a public event with the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative titled, “Beyond Gender Quotas in African Politics: How to Deliver on Women’s Issues in Africa.”
Homicide in El Salvador’s Municipalities: Spatial Clusters and the Causal Role of Neighborhood Effects, Population Pressures, Poverty, and Education
Matthew C. Ingram and Karise M. Curtis have joined together to use some innovative analytical tools to study homicides in El Salvador.
A fresh perspective on the inter-relatedness of historical, social, political, and religious issues in Nigeria and how they underpin the development and implementation of policies in the northern region of Nigeria concerning gender and Islam.
The Woodrow Wilson Center’s 2012-2013 Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health series brought together experts who work in maternal health, health systems strengthening, and the donor and policymaking communities to leverage participants’ collective knowledge and identify common strategies or priorities that might be adapted across settings to prevent pregnancy-related deaths and complications. Delivering Success: Scaling Up Solutions for Maternal Health captures, analyzes, and synthesizes the strategies and recommendations that emerged from this series.
Future Leaders Discuss the Role of Women in Political Leadership and the Violence That Hinders Progress
Women are becoming a bigger part of the global political leadership equation, at the same time that violence against women is seen by many as an epidemic. Students from Eurasian countries, participating in a State Department exchange program discussed these contradictory situations with Wilson Center experts during an event summarized through this episode of REWIND.
Mellichamp Chair in Global Governance, Professor, University of California Santa Barbara
Alison Brysk is the Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance at UCSB. She is the author or editor of 10 books on human rights movements, globalization, transitional justice, women's rights, indigenous rights, symbolic politics, and human rights foreign policy. Brysk has been a Fulbright Scholar...
President and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership
Dynamic Women for Peace (DWP), Democratic Republic of Congo
Sister Angelique Namaika runs Dynamic Women for Peace (DWP), in Dungu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Since 2008, she has been assisting young girls to recover from the trauma of being abducted by the LRA and rebuild their lives. Her organization promotes reintegration and reconciliation by encouragi...