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.

On Behalf of the President: Presidential Spouses and White House Communications

On May 10, 2016, the Women in Public Service Project and History and Public Policy Program co-hosted the event “On Behalf of the President: Presidential Spouses and White House Communications.” Gwen Young, Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Program and Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center, moderated the event and gave opening remarks. Dr. Lauren Wright, the author of “On Behalf of the President: Presidential Spouses and White House Communications Strategy Today,” was the guest speaker.

Women's Leadership in Conservation and Peace

It used to be a luxury to talk about the environment when you were addressing conflict. Today, “we recognize it’s not a luxury anymore,” said Liz Hume, senior director for programs at the Alliance for Peacebuilding, at the Wilson Center on April 29. Similarly, gender dynamics are now being recognized as playing a critical role in sustainable development and peacebuilding.

After Mexico City and Before Copenhagen: Keeping Our Promise to Mothers and Newborns

Last October, on the heels of the UN General Assembly agreeing to the Sustainable Development Goals, the global health community met in Mexico City to discuss strategy for achieving the “grand convergence”: finally bridging the gap between maternal and newborn health in rich and poor countries.

How Zika Is Shaping the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Agenda

“The Zika outbreak is a result of something; it is the result of the lost attention to sexual and reproductive health issues as a human right and women as subjects of rights,” said Jaime Nadal Roig, the United Nations Population Fund representative to Brazil, at the Wilson Center on April 12.

Transcending Boundaries: Peace Parks and Wild Women


Sara Canals, Documentary Fellow, International Peace Park Expeditions

Elizabeth Carrera, Peace & Conflict Impact Assessment Fellow, International Peace Park Expeditions

Extremism and the Dark Side of Women’s Empowerment

While it may come as a surprise to some, a panel of experts agreed that young girls may be as susceptible to the lure of extremist ideology as are young boys. During an event convened by the Wilson Center’s Women in Public Service Project and Middle East Program, the discussion explored the role of women in extremists movements, providing the focus for this edition of REWIND.

Jane Harman
Director, President and CEO, Wilson Center

Path to Prosperity: Empower, Educate, and Employ Youth to Realize the Demographic Dividend

In the course of development, most countries undergo a demographic transition. Health conditions improve and mortality rates decline, causing rapid population growth and a relatively high proportion of young people. Over time, if fertility declines, as it has in most places, growth slows and there is a period when the proportion of very young “dependents” shrinks in comparison to the working age population.