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 (FLEX – Future Leaders Exchange: http://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/future-leaders-exchange), discussed these contradictory situations with Wilson Center experts during an event summarized through this episode of REWIND.

Dr. Rangita de Silva de Alwis directs the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Women in Public Service Project launched by Secretary Hillary Clinton and the Seven Sisters Colleges at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Rangita is a women’s human rights scholar and practitioner with over 25 years of experience working globally in over 25 countries with a vast network of academic institutions, government, and nongovernment entities on women’s human rights law and policy making and institutional reform.

Alison Brysk is the Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance in the Global and International Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has authored or edited 10 books on international human rights. Professor Brysk has been a scholar and lecturer in Argentina, Australia, Ecuador, France, Spain, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, South Africa, and Japan, and has held Fulbright Fellowships in India and Canada. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on human rights, international relations, civil society, and Latin American politics. She recently completed a term as a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

John Milewski is Director of Digital Programming for the Wilson Center where he serves as Executive Producer, Managing Editor, and Moderator for a number of series that includes Wilson Center NOW and CONTEXT. A veteran broadcast journalist, he also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State.