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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.

State of World Population 2015 - 'Shelter From the Storm: A Transformative Agenda for Women and Girls in a Crisis-Prone World' (Report Launch)

The sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls must be protected, even – especially – during “the toughest of times, in the hardest of places,” said Kate Gilmore, deputy executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), at the Wilson Center on December 3.

Reaction to Global Gender Gap Report

The World Economic Forum has released the 2015 edition of its Global Gender Gap Report. Gwen Young, Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative reacts to the findings. To read the complete report, visit:

“Women, Business, and the Law: Getting to Equal”

Photos of the event.

The World Bank Group report series Women, Business, and the Law measures legal and regulatory barriers to female employment and entrepreneurship in seven key areas of economic opportunity. For the fourth edition of this report, data from 173 economies was collected to show how local laws, regulations, and institutions have contributed to gender-based inequalities and employment imbalances.

Gaining Ground: Women in Public Service

The Wilson Center’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI) supports the goal of “50 by 50.” That’s 50% of public service roles, at all levels, held by women by year 2050.  Recent elections suggest that progress is being made. Gwen Young, Director of the GWLI provides a progress report. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

Women, Technology, and Policy: Leadership in Private and Public Sectors

On Thursday, October 29, the Wilson Center’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative hosted a panel discussion on female leadership in the technology field featuring prominent leaders from both the private and public sectors.