On Wednesday, April 10, 2013 the Embassy of Switzerland and the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative jointly co-hosted “Bridging the Gender Gap in the Knowledge Economy,” an expert conference on strategies to increase women in STEM. The Conference received coverage on RSI TV in Switerland.
Earlier this year, on March 16, 2013, the Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center hosted a roundtable in China in partnership with the Ford Foundation and the Wellesley Center for Women.
The Roundtable aimed to incubate women leadership potentials and find solutions to the pressing issues of gender equality and serving the public.
Dr. de Silva de Alwis, Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative, gave the keynote address at a reception celebrating International Women’s Day at the Canadian Embassy on March 7th. Dr. de Silva de Alwis’ remarks enriched the theme of the evening, “Advancing Women’s Leadership in the America’s,” as she offered her insights about the dynamic emerging for women in the working world as well as the challenges to women’s advancement in the workplace. She also called for the need of men in championing women in the workplace.
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 women of her age will have the chance to experience.
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 the program, participants will shadow parliamentarians. Other highlights of her program include:
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 researched PR systems around the world before presenting to her parliament.
Thinn also led a seminar for parliamentarians in Asia and Europe in NePi Daaw from September 2-5 with all speakers at the seminar coming from Burma, a first for a conference in Myanmar.
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
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. Regional and global experts met with 200 of Morocco’s leaders in political and public service to strengthen women’s participation in public service in strengthening the rule of law.
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 with Wilson Center CEO Jane Harman and President Jane McAuliffe of Bryn Mawr College.
The fall of 2012 has been an exciting time for the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI) at the Wilson Center. Though we are the Wilson Center’s newest initiative, our director and staff inspired by the leadership of Jane Harman, President and CEO of the Wilson Center have been working tirelessly to advance the goal of empowering women emerging leaders around the world.