Women's Rights News

The Women in Public Service Project Joins Forces with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Jun 21, 2012
The Wilson Center becomes the permanent home of the Women in Public Service Project, with Rangita de Silva de Alwis announced as Director of Women's Leadership Initiatives.

Women’s Rights and Voices Belong at Rio+20

Jun 19, 2012
For the scores of women who will be attending the 20th anniversary of the first UN Earth Summit this June (and just importantly for those who aren’t), there are glaring omissions: reproductive health, gender equality, and girls education are nowhere to be found on the Rio+20 agenda.

Ronald Reagan’s Lessons for the Chen Guangcheng Case

May 07, 2012
China’s blind activist expertly used the power of the U.S. to magnify his cause. In this article from The Daily Beast, Senior Scholar Walter Reich describes how Obama should keep up the pressure: by taking a page from Ronald Reagan’s dealings with Russia.

"Fostering the Next Generation" Keynote Address by Moushira Khattab

May 01, 2012
The following is the text of the keynote address by Public Policy Scholar Moushira Khattab at the Centre for Development and Population Activities conference co-sponsored by the Middle East Program, “Fostering the Next Generation: Evolving Models of Women’s Leadership in the Middle East” held on April 18, 2012 at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Women Bring Exceptional Skills to Security Mission

Mar 15, 2012
Drawing on an instinct to defend, women are gaining clout in the male-dominated sphere of security policymaking, bringing a unique problem-solving focus to complex challenges, Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman says.

Progress for Women, but a Long Way to Go

Nov 23, 2011
In a year of some major successes for women — the Nobel Peace Prize, the commanding performances of Angela Merkel and Hillary Rodham Clinton, the end of men-first in the line of succession to the British throne — a new worldwide study concludes that women remain well behind men in two crucial areas: economic equality and political power.

Ripples of the Arab Spring: Revolt and the Role of Women

Jul 07, 2011
Pro-democracy rebellions have erupted across the Middle East since December 2010. The Wilson Center's Middle East Program continues to hold meetings to explore effects in different countries and among different groups, including women. Events included a June event in which three female panelists participated in the Wilson Center session from Egypt, via Skype.

Gender and Islam in Africa: New Book from Wilson Center Senior Scholar Margot Badran

Jul 05, 2011
Wilson Center Senior Scholar Margot Badran is the editor of a new book Gender and Islam in Africa: Rights, Sexuality, and Law

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