Gender Equality

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.

WPSP Hosts Inaugural Student Scholar Day

On Thursday, April 14th the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) hosted its inaugural Student Scholar Day, an annual competition for students from WPSP partner colleges and universities who have conducted research in the field of women’s leadership or political participation. This year’s attendees included three students from Wellesley and Mount Holyoke Colleges who presented their findings on topics ranging from women’s military history to the African Union’s involvement in Burundi.

After Mexico City and Before Copenhagen: Keeping Our Promise to Mothers and Newborns

Last October, on the heels of the UN General Assembly agreeing to the Sustainable Development Goals, the global health community met in Mexico City to discuss strategy for achieving the “grand convergence”: finally bridging the gap between maternal and newborn health in rich and poor countries.

How Zika Is Shaping the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Agenda

“The Zika outbreak is a result of something; it is the result of the lost attention to sexual and reproductive health issues as a human right and women as subjects of rights,” said Jaime Nadal Roig, the United Nations Population Fund representative to Brazil, at the Wilson Center on April 12.

WPSP Alumna Violet Adome Elected to Uganda Parliament

On Friday, February 19, 2016, Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) alumna Ms. Violet Akurut Adome, a delegate of  the 2013 Bryn Mawr College Peacebuilding and Development Institute, was elected to the  Katakwi  District woman MP seat in Uganda. Article 78(1) of the country’s Constitution states that the parliament must consist of 1 woman representative for each of the 112 districts in Uganda. Ms.