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Ending Violence Against Women

Rangita de Silva de Alwis

Director of the Wilson Center's new Global Women's Leadership Initiative, Rangita del Silva de Alwis joined NPR's The Diane Rehm show to discuss efforts to empower women and change cultural attitudes among men and boys.

Afghan women protesting

The brutal execution by the Afghan Taliban of a married woman falsely accused of adultery has sparked international outrage. The killing of the 22-year-old also heightened concern for Afghan women after the U.S. ends its combat mission. Some women's advocates were encouraged by protests this week in Kabul against the execution, calling the reaction evidence of progress. But the reality is that physical, sexual and psychological abuse of women occurs across the globe. In many places it exists in epidemic proportions. Director of the Wilson Center's new Global Women's Leadership Initiative, Rangita del Silva de Alwis joined NPR's "The Diane Rehm" show to discuss efforts to empower women and change cultural attitudes among men and boys.

Listen to the full interview here.

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Rangita de Silva de Alwis

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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Global Women's Leadership Initiative

The Global Women’s Leadership Initiative has hosted the Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center since June, 2012. The Women in Public Service Project will accelerate global progress towards women’s equal participation in policy and political leadership to create more dynamic and inclusive institutions that leverage the full potential of the world’s population to change the way global solutions are forged.  Read more