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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.

Gender and Migration Between Moldova and Istanbul

In her book, “Worker-Mothers on the Margins of Europe: Gender and Migration between Moldova and Istanbul,” author Leyla Keough chronicles the story of Moldovan women who "commute" for six to twelve months at a time to work as domestics in Istanbul. The book explores the world of undocumented migrants from a post socialist state and reveals that their socialist past continues to color how the women view their labor and their roles within their families, even as they are affected by the same shifts in the global economy that drive migration elsewhere.

WPSP Partners with the Bond University Gender Generation

On June 8, 2016 the Bond University Gender Generation (BUGG) hosted their inaugural event entitled “Some Leaders are Born Women.” This event marked the official launch and partnership between the Bond University Gender Generation and the Wilson Center’s Women in Public Service Project. Gwen Young, Director of the Women in Public Service Project, gave a welcome address for the event. Sophie Devitt, partner at DLA Piper law firm, and Bond University professors, Dr.

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.

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?

Northrop Grumman Women's Leadership Conference

On June 1, 2016, the Women in Public Service Project hosted participants from the  Northrop Grumman Women’s Leadership Conference for a series of panels entitled, “Women’s Global Leadership: The Women and the Issues.” The Honorable Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO of the Wilson Center, offered opening remarks. “When I first ran for Congress,” Harman remarked, “there were virtually no women in the security space.” Drawing on the experiences from her time in Congress, Congresswoman Harman commended the strides the U.S.

Electing Women Leaders

2016 has been a historic year for electing women to public office. In the US, the first woman has become the presumptive presidential nominee from a major political party. In Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen became the first female Prime Minister to take office. In the Marshall Islands, President Hilda Heine became the first female leader of any independent Pacific island nation. In Iran, women now comprise 6% of parliamentarians, a record not seen since before the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Director Gwen K. Young Comments on the 2016 Forbes Most Powerful Women List

Gwen K. Young, Director of the Global Women's Leadership Initiative and Women in Public Service Project, discusses the World's Most Powerful Women in 2016 as ranked by Forbes. This year 22 women in politics were on the list with Angela Merkel remaining in the #1 spot for the past six years. Other leading women in public service include Hillary Clinton, Janet Yellen, Christine Lagarde, Aung Sa Suu Kyi, Tsai-ing Wen and US Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor among others. 

Women Empowered: Transforming the Global Economy

In principle, development organizations and donors have known that gender dynamics affect the success or failure of their efforts for some time. In practice, overturning cultural mores while at the same time improving health outcomes, incomes, or food security can be difficult.