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The White House of the Future is Filled with Women

What would a White House run by women feel like?

“Powerful and exciting. No doubt there would be infectious energy- talk about being and making America great!”

It’s Gwen K. Young’s mission to fill 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue with historic numbers of women this election cycle, as well as state houses, mayoral mansions, police precincts and congressional seats dotting the country. One county seat after another, she will chip away at political parity with a goal to reach 50% by 2050. 

At the Eye of the Storm: Women and Climate Change

Struggling to save their failing crops. Walking farther afield to fetch clean water. Protecting their families from devastating storms and violent conflicts. “Women are usually the support systems for our family…we are the last to leave in the event of a catastrophe, which is why women and families are disproportionately hurt by climate catastrophes,” said Wilson Center President, Director, and CEO Jane Harman on June 23 during a conference on women and climate change.

Ready to Lead: Encouraging African Youth to Enter Public Service

On July 22, 2016, the Women in Public Service Project and the Africa Program co-hosted the event “Ready to Lead: Encouraging African Youth to Enter Public Service” at the Wilson Center. Gwen Young, Director of Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP), facilitated the conversation with Hadeel Ibrahim, Executive Director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

HoPE for Sustainable Development: Development Results from Integration in East Africa

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an ambitious framework for reducing poverty and improving the lives of billions of people. They were agreed to last year by governments at the United Nations and cover developing and developed countries alike. But how will governments, NGOs, and other organizations go about actually accomplishing them over the next 15 years?

Advancing Women's Leadership: How Can We Support Political Leaders in Africa and Beyond?

On June 1, 2016, the Wilson Center’s Women in Public Service Project, Africa Program, the Global Sustainability and Resilience Program; and the Center for Global Development jointly hosted the event “Advancing Women’s Leadership: How Can We Support Political Leaders in Africa and Beyond?”  The event featured former President of Malawi Joyce Banda as the keynote speaker.  Introductory remarks were made by Nancy Birdsall, Founding President of the Center for Global Development, and Andrew Selee, Executive Vice President of the Wilson Center w

Women and Corruption: Perceptions Aside

The relationship between corruption and women is often considered through the simple question of whether women are less corrupt than men. Yet this question is a contentious one — and perhaps the wrong one. Certain issues are clear: Women are hurt more by corruption than men. Women leaders are generally perceived to be less corrupt than men. And women in policymaking positions have sometimes helped reduce corruption, so their holding leadership and policymaking positions is undeniably important.

Women Empowered: Transforming the Global Economy

In principle, development organizations and donors have known that gender dynamics affect the success or failure of their efforts for some time. In practice, overturning cultural mores while at the same time improving health outcomes, incomes, or food security can be difficult.

A Conversation with The Right Honourable Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia

On May 17 2016, the Wilson Center hosted a Director’s Forum event, “A Conversation with The Right Honourable Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia,” in conjunction with the Wilson Center’s Women in Public Service Project, the Wilson Center Africa Program, and the Constituency for Africa. Jane Harman, Director, President, and CEO of the Wilson Center, and Melvin P. Foote, President of Constituency for Africa, provided opening remarks. Gwen Young, Director of the Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center, moderated the discussion with Rt. Hon.

Power Shift 2016: Women and Leadership

(Power Shift 2016) - Women today aspire to become leaders and to feel confident in their own ability to lead. Yet it’s systemic barriers, not individual weaknesses, that keep women out of the top posts.

The remit for Power Shift 2016 is to create an agenda that allows our unique audience, many of them tough, intelligent leaders in their own right, to advance the cause of women in leadership – a very different “ask” from the inspire-and-celebrate kind of women’s leadership gala.

Women's Leadership in Conservation and Peace

It used to be a luxury to talk about the environment when you were addressing conflict. Today, “we recognize it’s not a luxury anymore,” said Liz Hume, senior director for programs at the Alliance for Peacebuilding, at the Wilson Center on April 29. Similarly, gender dynamics are now being recognized as playing a critical role in sustainable development and peacebuilding.