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Taking Action to Advance Women Leaders in Africa

While Africa’s history celebrates many women political leaders, former President of Malawi Dr. Joyce Banda argues that this rich tradition will only continue if policymakers, community leaders, and civil society take steps to advance those born to lead.

A U.S.-Mexico Women’s Business Council: Let’s Get Women to Drive the Bilateral Relationship

As we draw closer to an equal and inclusive society, women are increasingly influential, visible, and vocal in the political and economic life of their countries. It is vital to proactively incorporate this reality into international public policy.

From Evidence to Action: How Can Policy Close the Gender Gap?

Ambassador Deborah Birx and Global Experts Discuss Data and the Gender Gap

Current policy debates highlight the need for more hard evidence to identify problems, prove results, and change lives. But what happens when there are gaps in the data, particularly a lack of sex-diaggregated data? Will the gender data gap further marginalize women and girls?

Global Women’s Leadership: Crunching the Numbers

The Women in Public Service Project’s “50 x 50” initiative has a new tool to help chart a course toward its goal of gender equality in decision-making positions in public service by 2050. A growing database on global women’s leadership can now be accessed via the project’s website. We asked the project’s director, Gwen Young, to tell us what crunching the numbers can mean to achieving the ultimate goal. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


Daily Diplomacy: A Discussion with Women Ambassadors

Join the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) and The Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center for the first Daily Diplomacy: A Discussion with Women Ambassadors. During this discussion, women ambassadors will speak about their extensive experience working in the highest positions within the foreign policy sphere.

Women Behind the Scenes: How Modernity is Catching on Before Law in the United Arab Emirates

Through the Delphi method, this paper offers a new perspective from the voices of Emirati women in politics, policy, business, and university on the status of women in their country in light of the international treaties, conventions, and laws available for women’s empowerment. Drawing on true stories from daily life, it reveals that culture in the UAE is in the process of changing.

Numbers Matter: Data Driving Global Parity


Where is the Data on Women's Leadership?

Join the Women in Public Service Project and experts in the field of women's leadership as we launch our multi-country data framework for global gender parity!

Leadership for Stability and Security

Around the world, bold leadership is needed to combat high crime rates, non-state armed groups, terrorism and war. Women leaders are uniquely positioned to address these critical issues.