Gender

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.

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

Speakers:

Sara Canals, Documentary Fellow, International Peace Park Expeditions

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

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