Gender Equality

Restoring Hope and Dignity: New Developments and Best Practices in Addressing Maternal Morbidities

Obstetric fistula and pelvic organ prolapse are two common maternal morbidities that impact thousands of women in developing countries each year but are often overshadowed by maternal mortalities. Obstetric fistula, a hole in the birth canal caused by obstructed labor, affects between 50,000 and 100,000 women each year, mostly in developing countries. Pelvic organ prolapse, whic

Changing the World: How USAID’s 50 Years of Family Planning has Transformed People, Economies, and the Planet

Since President Lyndon B. Johnson created the USAID population program in 1965, it has evolved in tandem with the global discourse on population and demography. “The agency’s family planning program is as relevant today as it ever was, and is necessary,” said Jennifer Adams, deputy assistant administrator of the U.S. Agency of International Development’s Bureau for Global Health.

The Hillary Doctrine: Sex & American Foreign Policy (Book Launch)

When Valerie Hudson evaluates the strength of a nation, whether food security, wealth, peacefulness, or quality of governance, she finds one important thread that underlies it all. “One of the most important factors in the determination of these things is in fact the situation, and security, and status of women,” said Hudson at the Wilson Center on June 24.

To Have and to Hold: Gender Regimes and Property Rights in Twentieth Century Romania

The meaning of citizenship has changed profoundly over the twentieth century, with women experiencing the most radical shifts in how their rights and duties have been defined and protected by the state.  Visiting Scholar Maria Bucur follows the changes that have affected women in Romania in the area of property rights.  Over a century of conflict and societal transformation, women have gradually gained more rights as citizens, but full equality with men has not been achieved.

Afghanistan’s Unsung Heroes: Reflections of Afghan Women Leaders and Implications for U.S. Policy

In Afghanistan, the future of women is highly uncertain. International troops have left the country, and Afghanistan’s new government is exploring the possibility of reconciliation talks with the Taliban. The new book Contested Terrain: Reflections with Afghan Women Leaders, by Sally L. Kitch, chronicles the stories of two Afghan professional women, Marzia Basel and Jamila Afghani, as they navigate both patriarchal culture and international intervention, and as they experience both immense possibilities and utter hopelessness.

An Enduring Revolution: Pakistani Women’s Collective Action for Change

The role of women in many developing countries has traditionally been understood as that of a passive receiver of repression or services. Fouzia Saeed’s research findings challenge this view. At this event, Dr. Saeed will share the outcome of her work during her time as the Wilson Center’s 2014-15 Pakistan Scholar. She has studied four different movements where Pakistani women played an active role and successfully brought about changes in policies, legislation, and institutions. Dr.

Integrating Mental Health into Maternal Health Programs

In high-income countries, as many as 10 to 15 percent of women experience depression, anxiety, or other non-psychotic mental health challenges during pregnancy or the year after giving birth. In developing countries, the chances rise to 16 percent of pregnant women and 20 percent of post-natal women, according to Jane Fisher, professor of women’s health at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Islands as Champions of Resilience

In contrast to the common narrative of small-island states being among the most vulnerable to climate change, their growing experience in climate-compatible development, disaster prevention, and coordinating information and aid in new ways may be a valuable asset, said panelists at the Wilson Center on March 25.

International Women's Day: Empowering Women in Uganda

International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the achievements of women and to reflect on the barriers that women have overcome economically, politically, and socially.  It is a time when women around the world come together to share stories of empowerment and to encourage others that change is possible.  The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Institute currently taking place in Uganda embodies the definition and the spirit of International Women’s Day.

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