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Women on the Front Lines of Change: Empowerment in the Face of Climate and Displacement

“It is often expected that women care more, and therefore women are going to volunteer, and be the saviorsin times of crisis, said Eleanor Blomstrom, the Program Director and Head of Office for the Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO), at a Wilson Center event on climate displacement and the changing role of women.

Women and War: Securing a More Peaceful Future

“Conflicts are 35 percent more likely to be resolved and remain peaceful for 15 years if women are involved,” said Carla Koppell, vice president of the Center for Applied Conflict Transformation at the United States Institute of Peace, at a recent Wilson Center event on the role of women in war, security, and peace.

Economic Development in Our Nation’s Cities: A Conversation on Growing Jobs through Investment, Education, and International Trade

On October 18th, The Wilson Center’s Women in Public Service Project and Urban Sustainability Laboratory along with the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) held a conversation with two of our nation’s leading mayors to discuss their role fostering urban growth with equity. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Blair Ruble, Vice President for Programs and Director of the Urban Sustainability Laboratory at the Wilson Center. Mayors play a critical role in ensuring their city continues improving while retaining its distinctiveness uniqueness.

Beyond the Glass Ceiling: Women's Leadership and Economic Empowerment as Key Drivers of Global Development

Though women make up half the world’s population, deeply entrenched cultural and structural barriers keep them from reaching the top levels of leadership across both the public and private sectors. This lack of female representation is not only detrimental to the way women are viewed and treated in the world; it is an overall drag on global development, which would be better served with a diverse set viewpoints at the highest levels of decision-making. Meaningful and lasting change is possible only if women can have a seat at the table. 

Maximizing Women’s Economic Leadership, Participation, and Impact in Africa

On September 19, 2017, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted a panel discussion on “Maximizing Women’s Economic Leadership, Participation, and Impact in Africa” as part of the Brown Capital Management Africa Forum. Dr. Blair Ruble, Vice President for Programs at the Wilson Center, offered opening remarks, followed by a welcome from Mr. Eddie C. Brown, the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Brown Capital Management and Cabinet Member of the Wilson National Cabinet. The event featured five speakers: Mr.

Maternal and Women's Health, Two Years In: Measuring Progress Towards Meeting the SDGs

“The aspirations of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs are really high, and the data that will enable that have a long way to go,” said Rachel Snow from the United Nations Population Fund at a Wilson Center event on July 14, 2017.