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Women's History

Combating Barriers and Expanding Opportunities for Women in Public Service in India

Indira Jaising is an eminent Supreme Court lawyer and the first woman Assistant Solicitor General of India. She served as a member of the UN's Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Jaising, who became the first woman to be designated as a Senior Advocate by the High Court of Bombay in 1986, has fought several landmark cases focusing on human rights and protection of rights of women. The President of India awarded her the Padma Shree in 2005 for her public service.

Girls + Education – in celebration of the UN’s International Day of the Girl

In Partnership with the Global Women's Leadership Intiative (GWLI) at the Wilson Center and 10x10 Educate Girls Change the World Feature Film, the Yale Chapter of Circle of Women (CoW) will kick off its first major event: the first Circle of Women National Conference - Girls + Education - in celebration of the UN’s International Day of the Girl. Held at Yale University on October 13, the daylong program aims to reinvigorate and change the way participants think about women’s issues.

Journey to Leadership: A Conversation with Afghan Women Changemakers

The Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center and Amnesty International USA are pleased to invite you to a conversation with two remarkable Afghan women changemakers: Hasina Safi, Executive Director, the Afghanistan Women’s Education Centre (AWEC) and Executive Board Member, Afghan Women’s Network and Mahbouba Seraj, Founder and Director, Organization for Research in Peace and Solidarity and Executive Board Member, Afghan Women’s Network.

AUW Institute Delegates Present Action Plans

A highlight of the Asian University for Women (AUW) Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Institute led by Dr. Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Director of the Global Women's Leadership Initiative at the Wilson Center, was that the students created Action Plans to implement in their home countries. Students were asked to select one of the urgent topics discussed at the Institute and work in teams to contextualize shared strategies. They used those strategies to develop concrete plans to combat the various critical areas impacting women and children.

The Women's Movement in Iran


Women in Public Service Project Delegate Proposes Law to Kosovo Parliament

Alma Lama, a member of parliament in Kosovo and a delegate at the Inaugural Women in Public Service Project Summer Institute at Wellesley College, recently drafted and proposed a law to her parliament. The first reading of the law will be in September and a decision will be made by the end of the year. The law, if passed, asks for the right of journalists to protect their sources of information.

Women in the World Summit 2012