Gender Equality

Women's Political Participation: Leadership and the Global Agenda

WPSP Director Gwen K. Young will moderate a panel with WPSP Fellow Dr. Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi, and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia. The session "Women's Political Participation: Leadership and the Global Agenda" will take place on Tuesday, September 20 from 5:10pm-5:45pm.

Reclaiming Our Place at the Table: Empowering African Women Leaders

In Africa, we know something about powerful women.

Beneath Iranian Supreme Leader’s New Plan for Women, Social Structures of the Past

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has again turned his attention to the role of women in society.

In a 16-point declaration issued Saturday to all three branches of government, the supreme leader discussed making Iran a “family-centered society.” Basically, Ayatollah Khamenei wants women to marry, raise children and be homemakers.

A Conversation with Her Excellency Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile

The equal inclusion of women in public dialogue and decision-making is a key driver of sustainable development. Women in the Pacific Alliance countries – Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru – are progressing towards gender parity and inclusive growth, but challenges remain. While development agendas continue to evolve in response to challenging regional and global conditions, governments of the Pacific Alliance have shown a strong commitment to embedding gender considerations in public policy and to including gender as a crosscutting issue within the Alliance’s work.

Women and the SDGs: Partner Perspectives

Please join Plan International USA and the Woodrow Wilson Center for a practical discussion on how various partners can and should work together to move the SDG needle for women and girls. The panelists will share their perspectives and the challenges they face, and discuss what the SDGs really mean for women globally. To enhance the conversation, 26 women leaders from 18 countries participating in Plan's Global Women in Management program will also be in attendance to share their views from the field.

The discussion will be from 4-5pm, with a reception to follow from 5-6pm.

Tokyo’s New Governor Renews Hopes for Women

Tokyo has joined the global year of women at the helm at long last. Japan’s former defense minister won a landslide victory Sunday to become the first female governor of Tokyo, making Yuriko Koike the country’s most powerful female politician. Koike’s victory was especially remarkable as she went her own way as an independent candidate, severing her long-established ties with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. But she will have much to prove from day one of assuming office, from fighting rampant sexism to tackling government corruption.

After Copenhagen, What Next for Women and Girls?

The once-every-three-years Women Deliver conference has become a major coalescing force for various global health and development efforts aimed at women and girls. “We operate at a global level, influencing the agenda” by focusing on the “four Cs”: convening, communicating, capacity-building, and catalyzing, said Susan Papp, director of policy and advocacy for Women Deliver.

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