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From human trafficking to wartime rape, violence against women is a widespread and persistent human rights and humanitarian problem. Wilson Center Fellow Alison Brysk provides context on the scope of the problem, root causes, and possible solutions.

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 in Canada and India, and a Visiting Scholar at universities in Argentina, Ecuador, France, Japan, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, and Sweden. Her new study of communication politics in two dozen human rights campaigns, "Speaking Rights to Power," will be published by Oxford University Press.


Alison Brysk

Alison Brysk

Former Fellow;
Author, The Struggle for Freedom from Fear: Contesting Violence against Women at the Frontiers of Globalization
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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