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Towards Long Term Sustainable Solutions to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

UNHCR's new report published this week estimates that by the end of 2018, "almost 70.8 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations.” This is another record high number and a stark reminder of the magnitude of the global refugee crisis.

Interview with Robeyoncé Lima, a Voice for Pernambuco’s LGBTQ+

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

Displaced in Yemen: Stories of Hardship and Hope

My name is Warda (Rose in Arabic) and I am a community activist in Yemen. I began my work with many local institutions in Aden in 2011 first as a volunteer and later on as an executive director of the Fikr Foundation for Development. After gaining sufficient experience in the field and driven by a sense of responsibility towards my community particularly its women members, I set up my own organization, Yad Bi Yad (Hand-in-Hand) for Development in 2015.

Wilson Center Alumni Lead Women's Suffrage Exhibit at the National Archives

Former Wilson Center Fellows Dr. Robyn Muncy and Dr. Marjorie Spruill recently led the creation of an inspiring and informative exhibit at the National ArchivesRightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote brings to life women’s struggle for the right to participate in their democracy through photos, records, objects, and even rare footage. On display through January 3, 2021, the exhibit highlights the grit and tenacity shown by diverse activists throughout U.S. history who secured voting rights for all American women.

The Jasmine Journey: Creating Self-sufficiency for Syrian women in Jordan

In 2012, my family and I fled the war in Syria to neighboring Jordan. We did not think we would be there long. However, after over a year in Amman, I was compelled to think creatively to make a living and become financially independent.

Investing in Refugee Women is not Just Right and Decent, But Smart

Imagine you are a female professional in your country; a lawyer, teacher, engineer or a photographer. Out of personal, religious or socio-economic reasons, you have to move to an unknown country because you want to resettle in the safe and liberal world whose ideas you embrace. Imagine another situation in which you are a housewife, with a primary school education, who got married quite young and established a family with several children but low income. Until the outbreak of the civil war, you had been living in a rural area of Syria with your family.

African Women’s Mobilization in Times of Unrest

On June 5, 2019, the Wilson Center Africa Program partnered with the Women and Peacebuilding in Africa Consortium for a symposium on “African Women’s Mobilization in Times of Unrest.” The symposium consisted of two-panel discussions on Women’s Mobilization in the Current Uprisings in Sudan and Algeria and Women Activists’ Informal Peacebuilding Strategies.

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

In this conversation, Wilson Center President & CEO Jane Harman and Assistant Secretary of State for Educational & Cultural Affairs Marie Royce discussed soft power’s impact on foreign policy and the bureau’s efforts to empower women to achieve leadership roles both in the public and private sector.

Selected Quotes

 

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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.

 

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