Women's Leadership

The Power of Personal: Women's Leadership and International Exchange

Please join Wilson Center President & CEO Jane Harman for a conversation with Assistant Secretary of State for Educational & Cultural Affairs Marie Royce about her bureau’s impact on foreign policy and efforts to empower women to achieve leadership roles both in the public and private sector.  

MENA Women in the Workforce: Understanding Social Norms 

The Middle East and North Africa region continues to have one of the lowest female labor participation rates in the world. Despite progress in some countries with more women receiving tertiary education, challenges and inequities persist.


Interview with Júlia Lucy, First-Term District Deputy in Brasília

This interview is also available in Portuguese, following the English version below / A entrevista está disponível em português, sob a versão em inglês.

The Female Narrative: Voices from the Middle East

Film is a mirror in which we see ourselves, and one that can change the world. The ability of film to provoke, influence, and engage perception makes it a powerful and influential medium.

A universal medium that transcends limitations of other mass communication, it unites people from discrete communities and disparate geographies in a common space of visual storytelling. Highlighting individual traits and challenges, on a fundamental level it bonds us in our common hopes, dreams and values.

Jordan: The Case for Cautious Optimism

It is somewhat challenging to be an optimist in Jordan these days, on both women’s issues and broader economic issues. On the women’s front, Jordan ranks 138th out of 149 countries in the 2018 Global Gender Gap Index. While some find the index problematic, it does shed light on the existing reality that Jordan’s gender parity is far from what it can and should be. On the economic front, businesses are closing down on a regular basis. Citizens demanding jobs marched from the port city of Aqaba to the capital Amman.

Challenges Facing Palestinian Women

Palestinian women face several challenges in regard to leadership in society, comparable to global standards.  Unfortunately, there are very few women in leadership positions across various sectors, especially in the private sector. A major factor are cultural norms that restrict women to remain in traditional female professional roles, not leaving much room for advancement. Young girls are missing role models to look up to, which hinders their aspirations for moving up professionally.

Challenges and Progress for Moroccan Women

We have a voice – let it be heard

In a global world, one cannot ignore the inequality between the genders. It happens even in modern societies including in the Middle East region as well as our country. There are always sectors that embrace this gap between men and women and see it as natural, inevitably caused by physical differences and traditional family roles. We believe that times have changed and everybody should understand the importance of women having a seat at the decision-making table.

Women in Police Forces in Bahrain

This is the story of how I became the first female police officer in the Arab world. I was born and raised in Bahrain, which has a rich history of championing women’s rights in the region. Recently, for example, Bahrain has made notable progress in the public sector, with women representing 48% of the public sector workforce. We were the first Arab state to integrate women into police forces.

The Juggling Act of Caregiving Balancing Career, Health, and Gender Roles

“There are only four kinds of people in the world: Those who have been caregivers; those who currently are caregivers; those who will be caregivers; and those who will need caregivers.” --Rosalynn Carter, Former First Lady of the United States