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What’s Behind the Hostility Toward Women in Iran

Why are Iranian hard-liners once again setting their sights on women? Some 2,000 Iranian women and men demonstrated last week  in the city of Isfahan, and others gathered before the parliament building in Tehran, to protest a series of acid attacks on women and to demand government action.

Women’s Access to Power and Decision-Making in Africa: Addressing Obstacles and Offering Solutions

There is widespread agreement that equal access to power and decision-making for men and women is fundamental to representative and responsive governance. This has been highlighted in governance and development discourses against a background of women’s unequal and limited access to public office. Women’s substantive representation in political positions is crucial to closing the gender gap in decision-making structures.

Former Scholar Kalyani Shankar Discusses Her Book Pandora's Daughters

The Sunday Indian spoke with journalist and former public policy scholar Kalyani Shankar about her book, Pandora's Daughters and her work writing about women leaders:

"Let me explain the concept of Pandora’s Daughter. When Pandora’s Box was opened so many things, mostly evil things, were found. In the end there was a small box and it contained hope. Of course these women leaders are hope and not in any derogatory sense. I think all these leaders will bring hope to the country." -Kalyani Shankar

Gender and the Long Postwar: The United States and the Two Germanys, 1945–1989

Gender and the Long Postwar examines gender politics during the post–World War II period and the Cold War in the United States and East and West Germany. The authors show how disruptions of older political and social patterns, exposure to new cultures, population shifts, and the rise of consumerism affected gender roles and identities. Comparing all three countries, chapters analyze the ways that gender figured into relations between victor and vanquished and shaped everyday life in both the Western and Soviet blocs.

Political Dispossession of Roma in Contemporary Europe

The Global Europe Program is pleased to host the 9th Annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Award Workshop on Political Dispossession of Roma in Contemporary Europe featuring Dr. Angela Kocze, leading Hungarian Roma rights activist and a visiting assistant professor at Wake Forest University, NC.

State of the World Population 2013 Launch: Facing the Challenge of Adolescent Pregnancy

Twenty thousand girls under the age of 18 give birth every day, and 90 percent of these births occur within the context of marriage, according to the UN Population Fund’s latest State of the World Population report. This year’s edition, launched at the Wilson Center on October 30, focuses on adolescent pregnancy and finding ways to better protect this vulnerable group of young women.

Women Leading Policy Transformation in Agribusiness in Tanzania

Experts from the 50x50 WPSP Leadership Circle and our collaborators at the German Marshall Fund filmed a video for an affiliated program in Tanzania on women in agribusiness. Watch their presentation here.

Conference Report: African Women and Youth as Agents of Change through Technology and Innovation

On May 1, 2013, the Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity (Leadership Project) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) sought to highlight some of the exciting developments by women and youth in Africa utilizing technology and social innovations to tackle every day issues.