Gender Equality

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.

Women Leaders in Public Service: Pathways Toward Parity - The Dakar Summit

On July 19, 2016, women leaders and champions for gender parity in Senegal will gather in Dakar to promote the dual goal of women achieving greater and more meaningful participation and women accessing deeper cross border networks in public service activities.

The White House of the Future is Filled with Women

What would a White House run by women feel like?

“Powerful and exciting. No doubt there would be infectious energy- talk about being and making America great!”

It’s Gwen K. Young’s mission to fill 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue with historic numbers of women this election cycle, as well as state houses, mayoral mansions, police precincts and congressional seats dotting the country. One county seat after another, she will chip away at political parity with a goal to reach 50% by 2050. 

At the Eye of the Storm: Women and Climate Change

Struggling to save their failing crops. Walking farther afield to fetch clean water. Protecting their families from devastating storms and violent conflicts. “Women are usually the support systems for our family…we are the last to leave in the event of a catastrophe, which is why women and families are disproportionately hurt by climate catastrophes,” said Wilson Center President, Director, and CEO Jane Harman on June 23 during a conference on women and climate change.

Ready to Lead: Encouraging African Youth to Enter Public Service

On July 22, 2016, the Women in Public Service Project and the Africa Program co-hosted the event “Ready to Lead: Encouraging African Youth to Enter Public Service” at the Wilson Center. Gwen Young, Director of Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP), facilitated the conversation with Hadeel Ibrahim, Executive Director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

HoPE for Sustainable Development: Development Results from Integration in East Africa

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an ambitious framework for reducing poverty and improving the lives of billions of people. They were agreed to last year by governments at the United Nations and cover developing and developed countries alike. But how will governments, NGOs, and other organizations go about actually accomplishing them over the next 15 years?

Advancing Women's Leadership: How Can We Support Political Leaders in Africa and Beyond?

On June 1, 2016, the Wilson Center’s Women in Public Service Project, Africa Program, the Global Sustainability and Resilience Program; and the Center for Global Development jointly hosted the event “Advancing Women’s Leadership: How Can We Support Political Leaders in Africa and Beyond?”  The event featured former President of Malawi Joyce Banda as the keynote speaker.  Introductory remarks were made by Nancy Birdsall, Founding President of the Center for Global Development, and Andrew Selee, Executive Vice President of the Wilson Center w