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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.

30% Rule in Ireland: From Theory to Practice

It seems that Ireland’s major political parties are facing some difficulty adhering to the gender quota legislation imposed by the Irish government. As Ireland’s next general

Scaling the Mountain: Women, Health, and the Environment in Nepal

From the mountains and foothills of the Himalayas to the Terai plains, climate change is rapidly changing life in Nepal. Many communities however, are not strangers to environmental stress; for decades, rapid population growth alongside agriculture and fuelwood collection have degraded land and diminished forests.

Beijing+20: Looking Back and the Road Ahead

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+20), the Middle East Program and the Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center are proud to share pieces from women who have been instrumental in realizing the goals of the Beijing Platform for Action in different parts of the world with the publication "Beijing+20: Looking Back and the Road Ahead." The cusp of Beijing+20 coincides with the 15th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 that calls for women's leadership in conflict resolution and peacekeepi

Bridging the Gap: Family Planning, Rights, and Climate-Compatible Development

“There is no magic bullet or solution to resolving climate change quickly,” said the Population Reference Bureau’s Jason Bremner at the Wilson Center on October 28. “Our next 100 years will be far different from the last 100 or the last 1000…and it has become clear that nations will have to pursue many strategies in order to reduce emissions, build resilience, and adapt.”

What’s Behind the Hostility Toward Women in Iran

Why are Iranian hard-liners once again setting their sights on women? Some 2,000 Iranian women and men demonstrated last week  in the city of Isfahan, and others gathered before the parliament building in Tehran, to protest a series of acid attacks on women and to demand government action.

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