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Mentoring Session – First Lebanese Chapter Meeting of WPSP

The momentum of the mentoring calls has created regional and country chapters where former delegates meet with mentors on the ground. The first in-person meeting took place in Lebanon in November. You can read the bios of the women in the mentoring session below.

Mentoring Session - Iraqi Delegates Combat Challenges to Reach New Heights after WPSP

On November 7, 2012, a mentoring call was held with the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Iraqi delegates. The conversation was moderated by WPSP Director, Rangita de Silva de Alwis, who asked each of the WPSP delegates to provide an update of their work since their time at WPSP’s Wellesley Institute. There were many new successes and accomplishments for the women on the call.

Mentoring Session - Updates from the MENA Region: Challenges and Opportunities for Reform

Many of the delegates who participated in our 2012 Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Institutes in Washington D.C. (pilot program) and Wellesley College are vitally engaged in transitional justice processes in their countries.  On our second mentoring conference call, we were able to learn about their current endeavors.

Seminal Mentoring Session with Emerging Women Leaders in Burma

Our inaugural mentoring conference call with Burmese women activists was led by the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) delegate, Soe Win. The 15 Burmese women who were on the phone with us, mostly from the ethnic states and rural regions, gathered together at an internet café for the Skype conversation.

Our Mentoring Programs

Two-way and peer- to-peer mentoring is at the heart of the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) at the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI) and an important cornerstone for the sustainability of the GWLI. Our transnational mentoring program ensures that our Institutes and initiatives endure long after participants return to their communities and countries. Our continuing conversations and strategic mentoring carefully match participants with transnational mentors based on region and professional background.

Strengthening the Rule of Law for Women

During the United Nations General Assembly, at a high-level meeting convened by UN Women, the government of South Africa, and the government of Finland, several countries pledged to strengthen the Rule of Law for women by broadening access to justice for women.

Global Conversation with World Leaders

On September 24, 2012, against the backdrop of the 67th meeting of the UN General Assembly as world leaders gathered together, the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) partnered with Barnard College and our other partner colleges to create an alternative forum to discuss some of the challenges of our times.

Letter from the Director

It is with great pride and excitement that we introduce to you our first Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI) Newsletter.

As the newest initiative at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the GWLI was launched at a historic time when the call to women’s leadership has never been more critical.

Women, Ecumenism, and Interracial Organizing

“Women, Ecumenism, and Interracial Organizing” is derived from the research Bettye Collier-Thomas conducted for Jesus, Jobs, and Justice: African American Women and Religion (2010). It explores the ways in which black and white ecumenical Protestant women grappled with issues of race and ethnicity in the early twentieth century and how in doing so they contributed to laying the groundwork for the modern civil rights movement.

Women Leading a Progressive Interpretation of the Shariah Law: Case Studies from Musawah (A Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family)

Zainah Anwar is the founding member and former Executive Director of Sisters in Islam (SIS), a non-governmental organization at the forefront of the women’s movement which seeks to end discrimination against women in the name of religion. Anwar also serves as the Director of Musawah, A Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family. She is currently a Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Stanford Law School with the Stanford Center on Democracy, Development and Rule of Law's Program on Human Rights.