The Wilson Center’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative has launched a new project that Director Gwen Young describes as “the first comprehensive index that gives you a global snapshot of where women are in government across the globe.” In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, she stresses that “numbers matter” when assessing where we are and where we’re headed on the road to gender parity.


Gwen K. Young is the Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center. Young brings to her position over 20 years of experience in international public service. As a public policy professional, she has advocated for and published on the role girls and women play in political, social, and economic development. She has trained women in advocacy and management skills andf network-building. Young has also worked “on the ground” with private and public service actors on issues of women’s entrepreneurship. including on tools to ensure access to finance. As an attorney, she has advocated for women and human rights in corporate law settings with the ICTY and the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego. She also provided humanitarian law and advocacy training and developed guidelines to deal with sexual and gender-based violence and exploitation in conflict zones. Her career has encompassed an array of international organizations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Medecins Sans Frontieres, International Rescue Committee, and the Harvard Institute for International Development. Young is an alumna of Smith College, Harvard, and the University of California Davis's Martin Luther King Jr. School of Law.

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. He previously served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.