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How Change Happens and Women Leading in Post-Conflict Settings

These two panels are a part of the Bryn Mawr College Women in Public Service Project Institute: Peacebuilding and Development. The Institute is a two-week program for emerging women leaders from post-conflict countries and countries in transition organized by Bryn Mawr and co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr, the U.S.

22nd Annual Daniel S. Sanders Lecture

On April 16, 2013, Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Institute, Rangita de Silva de Alwis, was invited to  present at the 22nd Annual Daniel S. Sanders Peace and Social Justice Memorial lecture at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Her speech was titled “Malala: The Right to a Girls Education.”

Village Women Experience in the Revolution (1981)

Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #141, 1981. PDF 58 pages.

The Birth of the New Soviet Woman (1981)

Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #140, 1981. PDF 33 pages.

Women in Democratic Transitions in the MENA Region

The Rabat Conference in November 2012 was hosted by the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior in partnership with the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Wellesley Centers for Women with support from Lynn and Bob Johnston. UN Women, UNDP, and the International Republican Institute provided valuable collaboration.

Director of GWLI, Rangita de Silva de Alwis featured in USA Today Column on Women in Congress

Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, was recently featured in an opinion column in USA Today written by Al Neuharth. The column, titled, “Neuharth: Women a big factor in new Congress,” discussed the increasing role of women in Congress. Dr. de Silva offered her feedback on this increasing role: “The last election saw the number of women in the U.S. Congress rise to 18.3% in the U.S., but we still lag behind the global average, which the Inter-Parliamentary Union estimates at 20.3% as of Oct.

GWLI Presents Award to Burmese Leader Aung San Suu Kyi

On January 16th, the Wilson Center's Global Women's Leadership Initiative (GWLI) presented the prestigious 2012 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award to Aung San Suu Kyi at her private residence in Nay Pyi Daw, Burma.

Africa’s Long Spring

Long before it came to the Arab world, spring swept through sub-Saharan Africa. In 1990, Mozambique drafted its first multiparty, democratic constitution. The next year saw multiparty elections in what had been one-party states in Benin, Gabon, and Zambia, as well as the overthrow of Mali’s dictator and, subsequently, the election of new leaders. Every succeeding year brought new steps forward for democracy—in Ghana, Kenya, and the Republic of the Congo in 1992, and elsewhere on the continent in subsequent years.

Announcing the Report from the WPSP Learning Institute at Wellesley College

WPSP Delegate Lamaan Sabri Mejlli Appointed as Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister in Iraq

A delegate from the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) at the Global Women's Leadership Initiative (GWLI), Lamaan Sabri Mejlli, was recently appointed as the adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister in Iraq. This is an honor that not many young women of her age will have the chance to experience.

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