Gender Equality

What Does the World Expect of President-elect Trump: Women's Leadership

Challenges in women’s political and policy leadership:

  • Electing and appointing women leaders at the local and national levels
  • Encouraging women to pursue policy and political leadership
  • Fostering a supportive and empowering environment for women in leadership positions

Q: What is the greatest challenge facing the movement toward gender parity in the U.S. and globally?

Leadership and Space: A Conversation with Simonetta Di Pippo

On October 17, Director of the Foreign Policy Initiative at the Institute for Women Policy Research Federiga Bindi joined Director of the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Gwen Young to engage in a conversation about leadership with Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs. 

Shifting Paradigms: The Role of Young People in Building Peace and Security

Since its adoption in December 2015, United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 on youth, peace, and security has been hailed as the first of its kind to recognize young people as meaningful drivers of change through its explicit encouragement of youth leadership at all levels of conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

Wilson Center Becomes First Think Tank to Receive Global Gender Equality Certification


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.