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Workforce Readiness for Economic Empowerment

Women’s economic empowerment is sound policy and a right for all women. Women’s economic empowerment allows women to access resources and opportunities that are vital for their own growth, and path to leadership, and the growth of the economy.

President Joyce Banda Talks About Her Time in Office & Sensitizing African Leaders to Maternal Health Challenges

Joyce Banda, Malawi’s first female vice president, became Malawi’s first female president in 2012 after the sudden death of Bungu wa Mutharika in office. From day one, maternal health and girls’ education were a priority in her administration, she tells the Maternal Health Initiative’s Roger-Mark De Souza in an interview at the Wilson Center.

The Northern Triangle of Central America: Violence, Security, and Migration

The latest apprehension numbers from US Customs and Border Protection suggest that Central American migrants, especially women with children and unaccompanied minors, continue to arrive at the U.S. border at an elevated rate. Violence directed at women and their families is believed to be a major driver of this migration and raises questions about how to reduce the violence and diminish the need for women and children to undertake the perilous journey north in search of safety.

Equality on Trial: Gender and Rights in the Modern American Workplace

What defines workplace equality? In 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act placed this question at the forefront of American politics. Equality on Trial examines how a generation of workers and feminists fought to infuse broad notions of sex equality into civil rights law. Their contests to fix the meaning of sex equality ultimately laid the legal and cultural foundation for the neoliberal work regimes that enabled some women to break the glass ceiling as employers lowered the floor for everyone else.

Shifting Paradigms: The Role of Young People in Building Peace and Security

Since its adoption in December 2015, United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 on youth, peace, and security has been hailed as the first of its kind to recognize young people as meaningful drivers of change through its explicit encouragement of youth leadership at all levels of conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

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.