Gender Equality

Women’s Leadership in Post-Conflict Liberia

European Studies Welcomes Title VIII Research Scholar Dr. Susan C. Pearce

Dr. Susan C. Pearce is a sociologist who is currently on the faculty of the Department of Sociology, East Carolina University, in Greenville, North Carolina. Her research concerns the relationships between culture and politics, with a focus on marginalized groups. She earned her PhD in Sociology from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York; her dissertation consisted of a participant observation of the movement to protect the colonial-era New York African Burial Ground.

Family Planning and Results-Based Financing Initiatives: Opportunities and Challenges

“Family planning means healthier moms and kids – and it's good for development too,” said Lindsay Morgan, a senior health analyst at Broad Branch Associates, a healthcare advocacy group. But any number of hurdles can keep women from accessing family planning services.

Afghanistan, Against the Odds: A Demographic Surprise

Afghanistan’s first-ever nationally representative survey of demographic and health issues finds that Afghan women have an average of five children each, lower than most experts had anticipated. Their rate of modern contraceptive use is just slightly below that of women in neighboring Pakistan, where the fertility rate is 4.1 children per woman.

Sex and World Peace: How the Treatment of Women Affects Development and Security

“What we have discovered is that the very best predictor of how insecure and unstable a nation is not its level of democracy, it’s not its level of wealth, it’s not what ‘Huntington civilization’ it belongs to, but is in fact best predicted by the level of violence against women in the society,” said Valerie Hudson, co-author of Sex and World Peace, at an April 26 

Learning From Success: Ministers of Health Discuss Accelerating Progress in Maternal Survival

“The gains we have made [in reducing maternal mortality rates] are remarkable; however, gains are fragile and donor resources are declining. Substantial investments must be maintained to safeguard these hard-wins,” said Afghanistan Minister of Health Suraya Dail on April 23.

Moving Targets: Youth Priorities and the Policy Response in War and Post-War Africa

In war and post-war Africa, youth populations are colossal and most governments are weak. The elemental youthfulness of Africa’s war-affected has created a daunting yet virtually overlooked irony: that while youth are demographically dominant, many if not most consider themselves to be members of an outcast minority.

Internships with the Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program is seeking interns to:

  • Write for our award-winning blog, New Security Beat
  • Network with leading experts in the environment, development, and security field
  • Work closely with the friendly, dynamic “Green Team” at the Wilson Center

Assignments may include:

President Atifete Jahjaga

The Council of Women World Leaders is pleased to add President Jahjaga of Kosovo to the Council’s collective voice supporting women at the highest levels of government. She became the Council's 47th member on February 22, 2012. She is the first female president of Kosovo.

President Jahjaga’s biography, as originally displayed on the official website of the government of Kosovo:

President Atifete Jahjaga was born on the 20th of April 1975 in Rashkoc – Gjakova