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Keynote Remarks by Jane Harman at the Women in Public Service Project Inaugural Institute






June 22, 2012


The Women in Public Service Project Joins Forces with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

WASHINGTON - The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP), co-founded by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the U.S. State Department and five leading women’s colleges – Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and Wellesley – announced today that it is joining forces with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Population and Reproductive Health at Rio+20

Greetings from Rio de Janeiro! I will be blogging from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development throughout the week, tracking the inclusion of reproductive health and rights in the agenda. 

Population dynamics have significant influence on sustainable development but the two have not always been seen as connected.

Women’s Rights and Voices Belong at Rio+20

This summer, world leaders will gather in Rio de Janeiro for the 20th anniversary of the first UN Earth Summit to hammer out a new set of agreements on what sustainable development means and, more importantly, how both rich and developing nations can get there before it’s too late.

The Arab Awakening: A Step Forward or Back For Women?

The initial optimism in the wake of the "Arab Spring" has in some cases given way to fears of women being marginalized through the rise of fundamentalist religious political parties. An expert on the global struggle for human rights, Rangita de Silva de Alwis, offers her analysis.

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.