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WPSP Mentee Soe Win Develops Training Institute in Myanmar

Dr. Soe Win, a delegate from the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) training institute in December 2011, has used WPSP training materials to develop a two-month training program for women in political parties and civil society in Myanmar. During the program, participants will shadow parliamentarians. Other highlights of her program include:

WPSP Mentee Nyo Nyo Thinn from Myanmar Presents Plan to Parliament

Dr. Nyo Nyo Thinn, a delegate at the Inaugural Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Summer Institute at Wellesley College, presented her plan on Proportional Representation (PR) in the Yangon Parliament in Myanmar on July 19, 2012. Thinn researched PR systems around the world before presenting to her parliament.

Thinn also led a seminar for parliamentarians in Asia and Europe in NePi Daaw from September 2-5 with all speakers at the seminar coming from Burma, a first for a conference in Myanmar.

Mentee Rim Hajj Discusses the Impact of WPSP

A Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) delegate and mentee, Rim Hajj (Morocco), describes how the WPSP Wellesley Institute impacted her life personally and professionally.

Rabat Strategic Roundtable - Strategies to Advance Women’s Political Participation and Public Service in the Arab Region: An Agenda for Change

The Global Women's Leadership Initiative (GWLI) and the Wellesley Centers for Women partnered with the Ministry of the Interior in Rabat, Morocco to convene a conference on women’s leadership in late November. Regional and global experts met with 200 of Morocco’s leaders in political and public service to strengthen women’s participation in public service in strengthening the rule of law. 

Breakfast with Ambassadors

On November 13, 2012, the Wilson Center and the Finnish Embassy hosted a breakfast meeting for the diplomatic corps of Washington D.C. at the Finnish Embassy. The breakfast was attended by ambassadors and representatives from 31 countries, along with Wilson Center CEO Jane Harman and President Jane McAuliffe of Bryn Mawr College.

Updates on GWLI Fall Conferences and Seminars

The fall of 2012 has been an exciting time for the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI) at the Wilson Center. Though we are the Wilson Center’s newest initiative, our director and staff inspired by the leadership of Jane Harman, President and CEO of the Wilson Center have been working tirelessly to advance the goal of empowering women emerging leaders around the world.

Smith College Program - Women's Leadership: Public Service and Global Health

Smith College led a Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) symposium in Paris in October in collaboration with the French Ministry of Women’s Affairs on the topic of global health issues and how women’s leadership can make a difference in this field.

Delegates from seventeen countries across francophone Africa, greater Europe, and the United States examined issues of infectious disease, domestic violence, nutrition, and gender disparities as they also built professional networks. “To lead, we must help each other,” said delegate Theresa Kim, of the University of Washington.  

US Mission to the EU Program in Brussels

The United States Mission to the European Union and the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) hosted a global conversation on “Breaking Barriers – Strategies to Succeed in Public Service” in Brussels on October 2nd, 2012. The voices of women’s leadership represented on the panel include Ambassador Anna-Karin Eneström, Sweden's Representative to the Political and Security Committee at the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the EU, Dr. Franziska Brantner EU Parliamentarian, and Susannah Wellford Shakow, Esq, Chair of the Board and founder of Running Start.

WPSP Institutes – Summer Institute at Wellesley College (2012) Report

Wellesley College in Massachusetts hosted the inaugural WPSP Institute in June 2012 for a period of two weeks from June 11-22 and developed a model for future Institutes. The Institute brought together 50 emerging women leaders from across the globe between the ages of 25-45 who were already serving in or aspiring to serve in different fields of public service and/or political or elected office.

WPSP Institutes – Asian University for Women Institute Report

The Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI) is proud to present the Report of the first Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Institute held outside of the United States at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The WPSP at the Asian University for Women brought together fifty students from the Asian region in August, 2012, including 15 students from Afghanistan for a two-week long program to build an innovative incubator for women’s leadership in public service.