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The Global Women’s Leadership Index: “Numbers Matter”

The Wilson Center’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative has launched a new project that Director Gwen Young describes as “the first comprehensive index that gives you a global snapshot of where women are in government across the globe.” In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, she stresses that “numbers matter” when assessing where we are and where we’re headed on the road to gender parity.


Inclusion in Combat and Security: A Book Event with Major MJ Hegar

On October 27, The Wilson Center’s Women in Public Service Project hosted a conversation with Major Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar about her memoir,Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman’s Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front, and the role of women in combat and security. The discussion was moderated by Sherri Goodman, Wilson Center Senior Fellow.

Narrowing the Gender Gap Through Trade Agreements?

A global gender gap continues to be a drag on economies even though some progress has been made. A recent trade deal between Canada and Chile included a focus on women and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has suggested that similar considerations should be part of a renegotiated NAFTA. Can trade agreements provide a mechanism for narrowing the gender gap? We asked Gwen Young, Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and Women in Public Service Project, to share her thoughts on the topic in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


Not the Usual Suspects: Engaging Male Champions of Women, Peace and Security

While men still dominate leadership roles within national and international security structures, they have remained on the sidelines of the Women, Peace, and Security movement. Even as awareness of Women, Peace, and Security has grown, efforts to engage men have been ad hoc and good practices have not been shared, especially at the policy level.

Innovating Women's Leadership Across Sectors: A Conversation with H.E. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius

On October 2, the Women in Public Service Project and Africa Program at the Wilson Center co-hosted a conversation with Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius. The panel was moderated by Gwen K. Young, Director of the Global Women's Leadership Initiative and the Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center.

Maternal and Women's Health, Two Years In: Measuring Progress Towards Meeting the SDGs

“The aspirations of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs are really high, and the data that will enable that have a long way to go,” said Rachel Snow from the United Nations Population Fund at a Wilson Center event on July 14, 2017.

Progress is Not Linear: A Book Event with Dr. Marjorie J. Spruill

Since thousands of women flooded into Houston, Texas for the 1977 National Women's Conference, women’s representation in policy and political leadership in the U.S. has increased: over the last 40 years, women’s participation in the Senate has increased by 21% and by 15% in the House. This has ensured key issues from 1977, such as maternity leave and equal pay, continue to play a role in national policy conversations.