Gender Equality

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.

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova Speaks on the Importance of Education for Girls

On Wednesday, February 10th the Women in Public Service Project and Cesar Chavez Capitol Hill High School hosted UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova. Ms. Bokova spoke to an audience of approximately 30 female students from grades 6-12. Ms. Bokova spoke about the importance of youth voices in policy decisions at the national and international levels and shared her life experience as a female policymaker in her role as the current UNESCO Director General, as well as the former Minister for Foreign Affairs for Bulgaria and former Ambassador to France and Monaco.

To Defeat ISIS, Listen to the Women

This article was originally published here in The Hill.

In a world inundated with news, information and entertainment, it is easy to miss something important or to forget about it. We hear about the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on a near-daily basis because its media operation is sophisticated and omnipresent. We see the terror organization's soldiers, guns, bullets, bombs and beheadings. We see its victims.

How Many Women Will Iran Allow to Run for Office?

An unusually large number of women have organized and registered to run in Iran’s February elections. The record turnout among would-be candidates for parliament and the Assembly of Experts, a body that selects the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader, is causing unease among the conservative clerical hierarchy. The question for now is whether a significant number of women will be allowed to compete.

Saudi Arabia Elects Its First Female Leaders

Wilson Center Public Policy Fellow and former Middle East Program Director Haleh Esfandiari describes the significance of Saudi Arabia’s historic election.

Saudi Women Made History–But Still Have a Long Way to Go

A taboo was broken in Saudi Arabia this weekend when women voted for the first timeAt least 17 women were elected in Saturday’s municipal council elections, a state-run news site reported Sunday.

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